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The Lord's Discipline

The Lord's DisciplineProverbs 3:11
Proverbs 3:11 and 12 represent a change of topic by introducing the idea that those who “trust in the Lord” may experience pain or adversity. Some commentators suggest that this paragraph is placed here to correct the thought that might be taken from verses 5–10 that prosperity always comes to the person who honors the Lord.
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline: For My son see 1:8, 10. This form of address often marks the beginning of a new theme in the early part of Proverbs. Despise translates a word having nearly the same meaning as that used in 1:7 and 30. The learner is cautioned not to reject, refuse, or, as CEV says, “turn away.” In some languages this warning may be expressed as “Don’t throw it behind you.” Discipline renders a word used in 1:2, 3, 7, and 8, where RSV translates it as “instruction.” However, in the present verse it refers to correction, rebuke, or warning. The Lord’s discipline is the correction or rebuke that th…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

July 8

  As thy days, so shall thy strength be
Deut. 33:25
No day without its duty; no duty without strength to perform it.

Selected

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

July 8: Honor, Credit, and Godly Wisdom
1 Samuel 15:1–35; James 3:13–18; Psalm 119:121–136

We’re primed to seek validation. Earning “likes” on our social media outlets gives us a sense of self-worth. Getting kudos for a good idea at work makes us feel important. When this is how we derive our self-worth, the opposite will also be true: Being overlooked can crush us, making us angry and jealous if others have stolen the limelight.
If we’re not careful, we can easily become ruled by our need for validation. James calls this mindset and behavior “earthly,” “nonspiritual,” and even “demonic” (Jas 2:15). When we are guided by it, chaos reigns: “For where there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and every evil practice” (Jas 3:16).

We may be aware of how often we are tempted to follow our earthly responses, and we might try to practice restraint. We try to filter the forces at work inside us, but this won’t solve the heart of the problem, as James shows us. He contrasts huma…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

July 8th
The will to loyalty


Choose you this day whom ye will serve. Joshua 24:15.

Will is the whole man active. I cannot give up my will, I must exercise it. I must will to obey, and I must will to receive God’s Spirit. When God gives a vision of truth it is never a question of what He will do, but of what we will do. The Lord has been putting before us all some big propositions, and the best thing to do is to remember what you did when you were touched by God before—the time when you were saved, or first saw Jesus, or realized some truth. It was easy then to yield allegiance to God; recall those moments now as the Spirit of God brings before you some new proposition.

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve.” It is a deliberate calculation, not something into which you drift easily; and everything else is in abeyance until you decide. The proposition is between you and God; do not confer with flesh and blood about it. With every new proposition other people get more and more ‘out of …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, July 8                                                 Go To Evening Reading

 “Tell me I pray thee wherein thy great strength lieth.”           — Judges 16:6
Where lies the secret strength of faith? It lies in the food it feeds on; for faith studies what the promise is—an emanation of divine grace, an overflowing of the great heart of God; and faith says, “My God could not have given this promise, except from love and grace; therefore it is quite certain his Word will be fulfilled.” Then faith thinketh, “Who gave this promise?” It considereth not so much its greatness, as, “Who is the author of it?” She remembers that it is God who cannot lie—God omnipotent, God immutable; and therefore conclude that the promise must be fulfilled; and forward she advances in this firm conviction. She remembered, why the promise was given,—namely, for God’s glory, and she feels perfectly sure that God’s glory is safe, that he will never stain his own escutcheon, nor mar the lustre of his own c…