A Word To The Wise

Thursday, December 30, 2021
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Over my lifetime, I have used a variety of Bible-reading schedules, and it is commendable to read the Bible through in a year. Nevertheless, spreading the reading over two years breaks things down into more manageable bites for me and gives me more time to digest what I've read.

In recent years, my favourite method for reading the Bible has been to use the NLT Two-Year Bible for my daily Scripture reading. It rearranges the Bible into 730 daily readings that each take seven minutes, consisting of passages from the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Psalms, and a verse from Proverbs, without having to flip back and forth through my Bible. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. However, a search of the Internet will come up with other two-year Bible-reading plans. The two-year plan that appears with the PresbyCan Daily Devotional begins this coming January 1 and 2 with readings from the first chapters of Psalms, Proverbs, Genesis, and Mark.

In my current Bible-reading plan, the daily divisions are simply a means of covering the Bible over a span of two years and are not intended to be synchronized as to content, but I am often surprised at the interlinking of a day's passages. It is possible that the psalm for the day will allude to something that happened to King David in that day's reading in 1 Samuel, and so on.

My favourite part of the day's reading is often the concluding verse from Proverbs. Proverbs is full of pithy one-liners — some of them even being laugh-out-loud funny — about all sorts of everyday experiences. I often end my morning's reading with a smile on my face. How could anyone help but be amused by these two gems?

Proverbs 26:17 – Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own. (NIV)

Proverbs 30:33 – For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife. (NIV)

Yet, if I could summarize the book of Proverbs in one word, it would be wisdom. Wisdom is defined as "having or showing experience, knowledge, and good judgment". God graciously granted wisdom to King Solomon in answer to his request. Though Solomon often stumbled on his life's journey, he wrote many of these proverbs through godly inspiration. It is my desire to take to heart the wisdom that I find in the book of Proverbs and have that wisdom rub off on my daily actions.

The book of Proverbs is a highly applicable book with practical advice for living, but the Bible from cover to cover is God's instruction book for how we should live a life that pleases Him.

2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. (NLT)

As we regularly and diligently read God's Word, let's be certain to both heed and obey His instruction.

Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, thank You for giving us clear and true guidance for daily living through Your Word, the Bible. May we take it to heart and live and obey it. Amen.

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Gail Lundquist <gail10833@gmail.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Amen, Gail. Have a Happy New Year.

    Thanks Gail. Very interesting.

    Thanks, Gail! I had never heard the ‘dog’ proverb before. Great advice in all of this.

    Thanks, Gail. Good advice! I just finished this year’s plan and am searching for a different one.

    Beautiful Gail. We spent the fall with a teaching series through the wisdom literature. Blessings.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us! Who says God has no sense of humor?! Certainly, not us.

    Hello Gail,
    Thanks for another very mindful and good news devotional. Yes, following the word of our Lord sure guides along the right path in our everyday lives. Blessings for all these writings you contribute and may the New Year be filled with happiness for you.

    Thank you for your insights. I have not seen the 2-year schedule of the NLT. I have used various schedules for reading through the Bible. In addition, since February of 1990 I have followed the Lectionary Readings of the Presbyterian USA. This is a great discipline and the Psalm repeats are amazing.
    Thank you again for your thoughts and keep up your devotionals.

    Good morning, Gail,
    I love the title but did not guess where your devotional would lead us.
    Your devotional is encouraging and hopefully it will be the start for some of your readers to read the Bible more.
    Best wishes for 2022 as you gain in wisdom and enjoy some giggles. Blessings.

    Thanks Gail, for today’s devotion.
    I tried a few times to read the Bible through, but not having a set plan, and failed to reach the end.
    So I followed these many years with the Daily devotions from s few resources and found it quite rich in opening my thoughts to relate to the studies.
    So that’s where I have my daily feed of God’s inspirations to me.
    Thanks for your writings and input to our lives.
    May God keep you and bless you,

    Dear Gail,
    Thanks for your devotional this morning. I too have loved to read the Bible through each year but doing it in two years sounds even better as I like to read other Devotionals as well.
    You mentioned the PresbyCan 2-year plan. Do they do something from Psalms and a Proverb each day? That sounds like your NLT plan and something I might try. I did look up some of the internet plans hoping I could find one I could print. But didn’t find one with Psalms and Proverbs, each day.
    God bless you, Gail. I have enjoyed your Devotionals. Thanks so much. Keep writing.
    (Ontario, Canada)

    Good morning, Gail,
    There are words of wisdom in Proverbs for sure. Thank you for reminding me.
    Blessings and a happy New year.

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