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March 26, 2020

Hello Hobart Herd,

   As I was reading through this chapter in Proverbs, I was first reminded of how I as a Pastor should be careful in dealing with fools.  Most of this chapter has instructions on how to speak and deal with those who are fools.  I began to think that there might not be any thing here to apply to my life!  But God’s Word is faithful, and His Spirit knows how to convict and bring Truth to bear in my life.

  Verses 11-12 says, “Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.  Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for him.”  Ouch!  So many times I find myself doing things that I know are wrong and foolish and I think that nobody sees or knows, continually returning like the dog to his vomit.  I think that I am so wise that no one will know, and everyone will think that I am a wise man, not a sinner saved by God’s grace.  I become wise in my own eyes and become worse than a fool who doesn’t know better.  Today I need to humble myself before the Lord and ask Him to give me His mercy, grace, wisdom and love so that I can take care of my foolishness and sin first.  Then maybe He can use me to help others.

   Father, I ask forgiveness for my foolish selfish pride that makes me think that I am not in need of Your grace.  I humbly ask that You take the truth of Your Word and guide me in the paths of righteousness instead of foolish thinking.  May I never forget my sinful patterns can only be broken by Your Spirit’s control of my life.  Help me to humble myself and allow You to life me up in Your wisdom, truth and love.  May you receive the glory as I go about my day in Your power.  Amen

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