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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

The Seeds of Promise Devotional Series

Peace From God

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1

Song of The Day

Listen to “Peace From God” by CeCe Winans.

Bible Basis

July Book Read From Read To Devotional
23rd Proverbs Chapter 12 Chapter 15 Peace From God

Memory Verses

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. Proverbs 13:3 KJV

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 KJV

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34 KJV

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3

Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith. Proverbs 15:16

Key people

Here is a list of key people found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Solomon. Also called Jedidiah. Was, according to the Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, Quran, and Hadiths, a fabulously wealthy and wise king of the United Kingdom of Israel who succeeded his father, King David.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Proverbs 12 – 15

Proverbs 12 Amplified Version (AMP)
Proverbs 13 Amplified Version (AMP)
Proverbs 14 Amplified Version (AMP)
Proverbs 15 Amplified Version (AMP)

From Matthew Henry’s Commentary

We are here taught to try whether we have grace or no by enquiring how we stand affected to the means of grace. 1. Those that have grace and love it will delight in all the instructions that are given them by way of counsel; admonition, or reproof, by the word or providence of God; they will value a good education, and think it not a hardship, but a happiness, to be under a strict and prudent discipline. Those that love a faithful ministry, that value it, and sit under it with pleasure, make it to appear that they love knowledge. 2. Those show themselves not only void of grace, but void of common sense, that take it as an affront to be told of their faults, and an imposition upon their liberty to be put in mind of their duty: He that hates reproof is not only foolish, but brutish, like the horse and the mule that have no understanding, or the ox that kicks against the goad. Those that desire to live in loose families and societies, where they may be under no check, that stifle the convictions of their own consciences, and count those their enemies that tell them the truth, are the brutish here meant. (Proverbs 12:1)

Among the children of the same parents it is no new thing for some to be hopeful and others the contrary; now here we are taught to distinguish. 1. There is great hope of those that have a reverence for their parents, and are willing to be advised and admonished by them. He is a wise son, and is in a far way to be wiser, that hears his father’s instruction, desires to hear it, regards it, and complies with it, and does not merely give it the hearing. 2. There is little hope of those that will not so much as hear rebuke with any patience, but scorn to submit to government and scoff at those that deal faithfully with them. How can those mend a fault who will not be told of it, but count those their enemies who do them that kindness? (Proverbs 13:1)

Note, 1. A good wife is a great blessing to a family. By a fruitful wife a family is multiplied and replenished with children, and so built up. But by a prudent wife, one that is pious, industrious, and considerate, the affairs of the family are made to prosper, debts are paid, portions raised, provision made, the children well educated and maintained, and the family has comfort within doors and credit without; thus is the house built. She looks upon it as her own to take care of, though she knows it is her husband’s to bear rule in, Est. 1:22. 2. Many a family is brought to ruin by ill housewifery, as well as by ill husbandry. A foolish woman, that has no fear of God nor regard to her business, that is wilful, and wasteful, and humoursome, that indulges her ease and appetite, and is all for jaunting and feasting, cards and the play-house, though she come to a plentiful estate, and to a family beforehand, she will impoverish and waste it, and will as certainly be the ruin of her house as if she plucked it down with her hands; and the husband himself, with all his care, can scarcely prevent it. (Proverbs 14:1)

Solomon, as conservator of the public peace, here tells us, 1. How the peace may be kept, that we may know how in our places to keep it; it is by soft words. If wrath be risen like a threatening cloud, pregnant with storms and thunder, a soft answer will disperse it and turn it away. When men are provoked, speak gently to them, and give them good words, and they will be pacified, as the Ephraimites were by Gideon’s mildness (Jdg. 8:1-3); whereas, upon a like occasion, by Jephthah’s roughness, they were exasperated, and the consequences were bad, Jdg. 12:1-3. Reason will be better spoken, and a righteous cause better pleaded, with meekness then with passion; hard arguments do best with soft words. 2. How the peace will be broken, that we, for our parts, may do nothing towards the breaking of it. Nothing stirs up anger, and sows discord, like grievous words, calling foul names, as Raca, and Thou fool, upbraiding men with their infirmities and infelicities, their extraction or education, or any thing that lessens them and makes them mean; scornful spiteful reflections, by which men affect to show their wit and malice, stir up the anger of others, which does but increase and inflame their own anger. Rather than lose a jest some will lose a friend and make an enemy. (Proverbs 15:1)

Reflection

Matthew Henry calls Solomon a “conservator of the public peace.” As a King, Solomon was appointed by God to judge the Children of Israel. He was granted great wisdom as a youth who became King following the death of his father, King David. Solomon asked for wisdom to lead God’s people. God gave him wisdom, understanding, and wealth beyond measure (1 Kings 4:29-34). Solomon became famous for his wise judgements that kept peace during his reign, such as when he ruled between two mothers.

From Wikipedia: 1 Kings 3:16–28 recounts that two mothers living in the same house, each the mother of an infant son, came to Solomon. One of the babies had been smothered, and each claimed the remaining boy as her own. Calling for a sword, Solomon declared his judgment: the baby would be cut in two, each woman to receive half. One mother did not contest the ruling, declaring that if she could not have the baby then neither of them could, but the other begged Solomon, “Give the baby to her, just don’t kill him!” The king declared the second woman the true mother, as a mother would even give up her baby if that was necessary to save its life. This judgment became known throughout all of Israel and was considered an example of profound wisdom.

Solomon writes, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). A soft answer brings peace to the storms in life when spoken at the right time.

God blesses the peacemaker. Jesus said in His “Sermon on the Mount” (also known as the Beatitudes – Matthew 5:9), “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” The body of faith is charged to “follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the LORD.” Colossians 3:15 exhorts us to “let the peace of God rule in our hearts.”

Peace from God is peace that goes beyond understanding. It is a peace that is hard to believe you can have in the midst of trouble. When you are in a trial of your faith and you still have peace, that is the peace from God.

Peace is yours for the asking. If you do ask for peace, beware that it may not come in the way you expect; but it will come. When you ask God for something to change in your life, sometimes He gives you opportunities to make change, not pre-packaged shifts of the universe. Be prepared to do some work to make peace your habitation.


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