4 He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
Waiting for perfect conditions will mean inactivity. This practical insight is especially applicable to our spiritual life. If we wait for the perfect time and place for personal Bible reading, we will never begin. If we wait for a perfect church, we will never join. If we wait for the perfect ministry, we will never serve. Take steps now to grow spiritually. Don’t wait for conditions that may never exist.
14 Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].
I thank You for this new day and for all that is within it. Help me Lord to not be inactive or immobilized. Help me Lord to walk out in faith, sowing in faith, and following after You in faith so that the plans You have for me will be fulfilled. Help me Lord to walk in faith rather than being paralyzed by fear. Help me to keep my focus on You rather than allowing the storms and the waves to distract me from You goodness and blessings. Lord, I look to You today praising and glorifying You for the great and mighty things You have done and will do in my life. I look to You today thankful for Your Word that is alive and speaks truth, hope, and love to me daily. Lord, Your Word tells us that You have a plan for us, not that any should perish, but that all should be saved. Lord, You are now slow in keeping Your promises, but You are patient with us that we may repent and turn back to You. I thank You Lord for this day and ask Lord that You cleanse me, purify my heart and mind, work in me a peace that goes beyond understanding, work in me wisdom and clarity of mind that allows me to accomplish every task You have for me today with excellence. Lord, help me to be like the moon is to the sun, and reflect the light of Jesus to those around me in this dark world. Let my light shine so that You may receive the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’ name. And Lord, in all I do today, all I say, all I think, may You receive the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 O GOD of my praise! Keep not silence,2 For the mouths of the wicked and the mouth of deceit are opened against me; they have spoken to me and against me with lying tongues.3 They have compassed me about also with words of hatred and have fought against me without a cause.4 In return for my love they are my adversaries, but I resort to prayer.5 And they have rewarded and laid upon me evil for good, and hatred for my love.6 Set a wicked man over him [as a judge], and let [a malicious] accuser stand at his right hand.7 When [the wicked] is judged, let him be condemned, and let his prayer [for leniency] be turned into a sin.8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office and charge. 9 Let his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.10 Let his children be continual vagabonds [as was Cain] and beg; let them seek their bread and be driven far from their ruined homes. 11 Let the creditor and extortioner seize all that he has; and let strangers (barbarians and foreigners) plunder the fruits of his labor.12 Let there be none to extend or continue mercy and kindness to him, neither let there be any to have pity on his fatherless children.13 Let his posterity be cut off, and in the generation following let their names be blotted out.14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered by the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.15 Let them be before the Lord continually, that He may cut off the memory of them from the earth!–16 Because the man did not [earnestly] remember to show mercy, but pursued and persecuted the poor and needy man, and the broken in heart [he was ready] to slay.17 Yes, he loved cursing, and it came [back] upon him; he delighted not in blessing, and it was far from him.18 He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment, and it seeped into his inward [life] like water, and like oil into his bones.19 Let it be to him as the raiment with which he covers himself and as the girdle with which he is girded continually.20 Let this be the reward of my adversaries from the Lord, and of those who speak evil against my life.21 But You deal with me and act for me, O God the Lord, for Your name’s sake; because Your mercy and loving-kindness are good, O deliver me.22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded and stricken within me.23 I am gone like the shadow when it lengthens and declines; I toss up and down and am shaken off as the locust.24 My knees are weak and totter from fasting; and my body is gaunt and has no fatness.25 I have become also a reproach and a taunt to others; when they see me, they shake their heads. 26 Help me, O Lord my God; O save me according to Your mercy and loving-kindness!–27 That they may know that this is Your hand, that You, Lord, have done it.28 Let them curse, but do You bless. When adversaries arise, let them be put to shame, but let Your servant rejoice.29 Let my adversaries be clothed with shame and dishonor, and let them cover themselves with their own disgrace and confusion as with a robe.30 I will give great praise and thanks to the Lord with my mouth; yes, and I will praise Him among the multitude.31 For He will stand at the right hand of the poor and needy, to save him from those who condemn his life.
1 THE PLANS of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue.2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart). 3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.4 The Lord has made everything [to accommodate itself and contribute] to its own end and His own purpose–even the wicked [are fitted for their role] for the day of calamity and evil.5 Everyone proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful, and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured [I pledge it] they will not go unpunished. 6 By mercy and love, truth and fidelity [to God and man–not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from and avoid evil.7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.8 Better is a little with righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation and right standing with God) than great revenues with injustice. 9 A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. 10 Divinely directed decisions are on the lips of the king; his mouth should not transgress in judgment.11 A just balance and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights of the bag are His work [established on His eternal principles].12 It is an abomination [to God and men] for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established and made secure by righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).13 Right and just lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, but a wise man will pacify it.15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life, and his favor is as a cloud bringing the spring rain.16 How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 17 The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; he who guards his way preserves his life.18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.19 Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the meek and poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.20 He who deals wisely and heeds [God’s] word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on, trusts in, and is confident in the Lord–happy, blessed, and fortunate is he.21 The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener].22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to those who have it, but to give instruction to fools is folly.23 The mind of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning and persuasiveness to his lips.24 Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body.25 There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.26 The appetite of the laborer works for him, for [the need of] his mouth urges him on.27 A worthless man devises and digs up mischief, and in his lips there is as a scorching fire.28 A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. 29 The exceedingly grasping, covetous, and violent man entices his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good.30 He who shuts his eyes to devise perverse things and who compresses his lips [as if in concealment] brings evil to pass.31 The hoary head is a crown of beauty and glory if it is found in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation). 32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city.33 The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord [even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him].