Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Proverbs 31:1-31

June 14, 2020

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” (Proverbs 31:10)

Natalie, a young woman in our congregation, often testifies about the tremendous spiritual influence her godly grandmother had on her life. She relates, “When I was a young child, my parents were divorced, and I lived with my grandmother for about a year. She was my shining example of what a Christian should be. Every morning when we woke up,...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 30:1-33

June 13, 2020

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” (Proverbs 30:5)

One day in December of 1875, Ira Sankey, song leader for evangelist D. L. Moody, was traveling on a steamboat when some of the passengers recognized him and asked him to sing. Although they asked him to sing one of his own compositions, he chose instead William Bradbury’s well-known hymn “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 29:1-27

June 12, 2020

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18)

We may never fully understand the tremendous influence of a holy, Spirit-filled person who is committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. David Brainerd was such a person; he was a man who was intensely aware that “where there is no vision [spiritual revelation or divine guidance], the people perish.”

Brainerd...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 27:1 through 28:28

June 11, 2020

“And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.” (Proverbs 27:27)

Remembering how the Lord brought her family through distressing ordeals during the Great Depression in the United States, a Christian lady and her son related the following witness to how God provided for their family. 

“When the children were still young, my husband had an attack of rheumatism, and was in...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 25:1 through 26:28

June 10, 2020

“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.” (Proverbs 25:21-22)

When I was in my early twenties, I worked in the construction industry as a sheet metal apprentice. Just a week after I married, I was laid off from the shop where I had been working — something that...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 24:1-34

June 9, 2020

“I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.” (Proverbs 24:30-32)

Last year while driving through our fishing community, I noticed the boat of a young family man...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 22:17 through 23:35

June 8, 2020

“Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.” (Proverbs 22:24-25)

Some years ago, I remember seeing a skit at our church youth camp where a girl stood on a chair holding the hands of another person who was standing on the floor. As hard as she tried, the girl on the chair could not pull the...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 21-22a

June 7, 2020

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” (Proverbs 22:1)

Bill Gaither, an American singer and songwriter of Southern Gospel and contemporary Christian music, tells a story which illustrates the importance of maintaining a good name. Bill and his wife, Gloria, wanted to build a home in the area where he grew up. They spotted a parcel of land on the...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 19:1 through 20:30

June 6, 2020

“Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.” (Proverbs 20:11)

Soon after I became a Christian, my five-year-old son told me he wanted to ask Jesus into his heart, as I had done. Assuming he was too young to really understand what that meant, I did not think God would answer his prayer. However, I did not want him worrying that he wouldn’t...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 17:1 through 18:24

June 5, 2020

“The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15)

Almost every country of the world has proverbs — short, pithy sayings that state a general truth or piece of advice. Many regional proverbs reflect indigenous wisdom garnered from experience over a long period of time within the local environment. Other proverbs are more applicable in any era or culture. Because proverbs are typically brief,...

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