October 18, 2017


Proverbs 14:25–35

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25   A truthful witness saves lives,
    but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.
26   In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence,
    and his children will have a refuge.
27   The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
    that one may turn away from the snares of death.
28   In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,
    but without people a prince is ruined.
29   Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
    but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
30   A tranquil1 heart gives life to the flesh,
    but envy2 makes the bones rot.
31   Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
    but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
32   The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,
    but the righteous finds refuge in his death.
33   Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding,
    but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.3
34   Righteousness exalts a nation,
    but sin is a reproach to any people.
35   A servant who deals wisely has the king's favor,
    but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.


[1] 14:30 Or healing
[2] 14:30 Or jealousy
[3] 14:33 Or Wisdom rests quietly in the heart of a man of understanding, but makes itself known in the midst of fools


Key Verse | Proverbs 14:25–26

A truthful witness saves lives,
but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.
In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,
and his children will have a refuge.
(Proverbs 14:25-26)

Central Truth

There is power in every decision, so choose wisely. Proverbs is rich in wisdom and knowledge for daily living. At the end of the day, it’s up to us to choose obedience and fruitfulness or deceit and destruction. When following Christ, the blessed choice is always the best choice.

Devotional | Proverbs 14:25–35

Proverbs offers something for everyone. It offers wisdom tothe young andthe mature, to those high in authorityandthose who are servants, and to menand women alike. Wise choices leadto favor with the Lord and others,...

Proverbs offers something for everyone. It offers wisdom to the young and the mature, to those high in authority and those who are servants, and to men and women alike. Wise choices lead to favor with the Lord and others, to peace in every situation and circumstance, to eternal blessing beyond measure, and to our earthly as well as eternal protection.

God has lovingly shown me that choosing foolishly leads to ruin, destruction, and unrest in every facet of life. By His grace I am blessed to see the blueprint He's laid out for me through truthful witnesses of His wisdom, glory, and power. A truthful witness is able to lead others into the light rather than leading them astray into this dark world's devices. I saw that the first step to conquering this fleetingly deceitful world is to truly know and accept God through Jesus. With that comes reverence and fear of the Lord.

A healthy fear of the Lord opens the door to peace of mind, blessings, comfort in His truth, and protection from the enemy's snares all around us. Without solid wisdom and moral truth, knowledge is useless. I've found security and refuge in godly wisdom that I had no way of obtaining before God started radically changing my life for His glory. Every decision will ultimate lead you to a choice between godliness, righteousness, and truth, or wickedness, immorality, and deceit.

The beautiful words of God’s truth and those He uses to illustrate moral truths in the book of Proverbs make it more than a book of do’s and don’ts. Rather, it offers us an amazing glimpse into rich salvation, eternal treasures, delight in the Lord, and the ultimate peace and power of wise truth. There is wisdom in truth, and knowledge in wisdom. A wise decision can sustain peace in our lives with the Lord through any circumstances because at the end of the day, HE is Good. The decision to trust in Christ and take up our cross and follow Him leads to an everlasting life in the "Alpha and Omega," the One "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation 1:8).

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Bio | Jhonda Johnson

Hey, y’all! My name is Jhonda. I'm a fun-loving Texas native with a football-season, crimson-and-cream, "Boomer Sooner" battle cry. A few of my favorite things are: hugs, street tacos, fellowship with friends, and relaxing while reading God's breathtaking words that truly speak to my soul.

When I’m not reading, eating tacos, or hugging everyone in sight, I love meeting and engaging with new friends through serving at The Porch (Watermark's young adult and singles ministry); GroupLink (community group facilitation); and re:generation (Watermark's Christ-centered recovery ministry). All three have completely changed my world and my walk with the Lord in such amazing and beautiful ways.

Discussion Questions

1. What truth has God made you a witness to in your own life? In what ways are you a witness for truth to others?

2. Do you invite God into your decisions?

3. Going forward, what kind of witness for Christ will you choose to be?

4. With the freedom to choose between our own desires and everything God commands, how often do you obey when the world says "yes," but God says "no"?

5. Do you consider wisdom and knowledge essential for righteousness? What are you doing to gain wisdom in your daily life? Are you asking others to hold you accountable to do so? 

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