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Day 11: Proverbs 11: 14, 19, 30

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, 
     but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. 

Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, 
     but he who pursues evil will die. 

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, 
     and whoever captures souls is wise.

Observations:

  • When people don’t have others to give the direction, advice, instruction, counsel, then they are likely to fall. This could mean lapsing into sin, transgression, or wrongdoing.
  • It’s not a person that falls, but a people. 
  • Safety comes when there are a lot of people trained to give guidance, advice, or counsel.
  • If we remain unwavering in doing morally right, then we will have life. This is not limited to any particular person. This is for anyone that is steadfast! 
  • If we pursue evil, or in this case sin, then we will die.
  • When we are morally right, then we produce a tree of life. Jesus said that we are to abide in him and will produce
  • Those that capture souls are wise. When we thirst after this spiritual part of a human being, we show knowledge, experience, and good judgment. 

Application:

In Proverbs 11, we see the need for having those beside us to counsel us as we grow in our faith. Counsel could be someone that gives advice, direction, or guidance. This passage speaks to a people that will fall, not a person. I remember growing up hearing from my parents, “You are who you are associated with.” I think it’s easy to get caught up in the “I don’t need anyone” mentality, but we were all made for relationship and this passage speaks volumes to me about what happens when I don’t have those counselors and what happens when I do. I can choose to fall by letting pride sneak it’s way in, or I can choose safety by relying on each other. I know that I need others to speak truth and encouragement, but also to hold me accountable. The other aspect that I like about this passage is that an “abundance” of counselors provides safety, so that’s not just one, or two. Did you know that an abundance is a very large quantity of something, a bountiful amount! So, this encourages me to ask myself, “Do I have an abundance of counselors in my life?” Think about who you could ask to step along side you today if you are in need of counselors. 

What does it mean to be steadfast? I like to think of this as being loyal, faithful, dedicated, dependable, steady and unwavering. What does it mean to be righteous? This is a person that is morally right, ethical, and virtuous. I think that these are very strong words to fulfill. When we are dedicated to being that morally right person, then his Word says we will have life. This makes me think of Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” Sometimes I think it’s easier to go with the flow of the world than to be steadfast and righteous. Can you think of a time when you gave into your own desires that were not righteous? 

I not only need Jesus, but I need others to support me in prayer, guide me in wisdom, and show me loving accountability so that I can capture the souls around me that God has placed in my circle of influence.

Prayer:

Most gracious Father, I come before you and I give you every unrighteous thought, word, or deed and I place those at the foot of the cross and repent right now in the name of Jesus. Father, I set aside my own desires and ask you to replace them with your desires. Renew my heart and my mind to be steadfast in righteousness as I produce this tree of life. I ask for an abundance of counselors to provide safety in order that I will not fall and I ask the same thing for my church community. Provide us with an abundance of counselors. Open my eyes and my heart to those around me that you have placed in my life and give me your wisdom to capture their souls. Thank you for supplying me with everything that I need to do your will to further your kingdom here on earth. In your son Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. 

- Katie Kerbow

 

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