December 1, 2017


Proverbs 27:17–27

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17   Iron sharpens iron,
    and one man sharpens another.1
18   Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
    and he who guards his master will be honored.
19   As in water face reflects face,
    so the heart of man reflects the man.
20   Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied,
    and never satisfied are the eyes of man.
21   The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
    and a man is tested by his praise.
22   Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle
    along with crushed grain,
    yet his folly will not depart from him.
23   Know well the condition of your flocks,
    and give attention to your herds,
24   for riches do not last forever;
    and does a crown endure to all generations?
25   When the grass is gone and the new growth appears
    and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,
26   the lambs will provide your clothing,
    and the goats the price of a field.
27   There will be enough goats' milk for your food,
    for the food of your household
    and maintenance for your girls.


[1] 27:17 Hebrew sharpens the face of another


Key Verse | Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.
(Proverbs 27:17) 

Central Truth

Walking with fellow believers holds us up, encourages us to grow, frees us to be known, and reveals our flaws. No matter how hard you try to fake it until you make it, your character reveals your heart.

Devotional | Proverbs 27:17–27

Before moving to Dallas, I knew very little about God, and my life reflected it. I began searching for churches inNew Jersey because I thought, "Mature people go to church on Sunday morning."Little did I know that...

Before moving to Dallas, I knew very little about God, and my life reflected it. I began searching for churches in New Jersey because I thought, "Mature people go to church on Sunday morning." Little did I know that getting involved in a church didn’t mean just showing up on Sunday morning. Instead, it meant being the Church every day of my life.

This was never more apparent than getting plugged into biblical community where I experienced iron sharpening iron. This wasn’t only in our community group, but in Summit (Watermark’s men’s Bible study), re:generation (Watermark’s recovery ministry), and Moneywise (Watermark’s personal finance course).

As my heart has been shaped by biblical community, I've learned to stop wanting the next best thing: the next raise, the next car, the next neighborhood, the next fitness goal, or the next hobby. Scripture tells us that "never satisfied are the eyes of man." (Proverbs 27:20b) Community has made it safe to share these struggles and get wise counsel, rather than struggling alone and making unwise decisions.

As God and His people continue to shape my heart and desires, I pray that this is displayed in my character. I’ve learned that it’s easy to be entangled in praise from work done well, serving others, or even positive life changes that have happened over time, but Scripture tells us that "a man is tested by his praise." (Proverbs 27:21b)

 I pray that I’m able to deflect any praise to the people who help me earn it and, most importantly, to God, who makes it possible. It's imperative that we all use whatever platform is given us to share praise appropriately and to share the gospel with a world that desperately needs it. Riches do not last forever (Proverbs 27:24a), but how we affect eternity does.  

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Bio | Walter Peseski

Hello, Journeyers! My name is Walter Peseski, and I’m a transplant from New Jersey. The Lord used a job in Dallas to save me, and what a life change it’s been! I met the greatest woman a man could ask for, convinced her to spend the rest of her life with me, and married her last year. My wife would tell you that I have too many hobbies, which is why I’m not very good at any of them. I love to play golf. And, by the time you read this, I hope to have completed a triathlon. 

Discussion Questions

1. Are you plugged into biblical community? If not, why? If so, are you being as authentic as you can be? Are you sharing the last two percent?

2. How does your character reflect your heart? Are you the same person alone as you are with others?

3. When you receive praise, do you you take credit, or do you deflect it? To whom?

4. How are you using your platform or circumstances to share the gospel?

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