Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, September 12, 2022



Text: “Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” – Proverbs 24:15, 16.

Comment: When one is overtaken by sin, then such one is open to the attacks of the devil.  But if the person realizes his fault and repents he would be helped by God to stand on his feet again. “Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.” (Job 33:29, 30) Since man is imperfect, he is certain to make mistakes, even seven times, (or several times) as the text says. But he must learn from his errors each time and strive not to repeat such again.

Having trodden the path of error for some time and seen that it is fraught with fears, restlessness and is a waste of time and energy one should reorder his life.  St. Paul asked, “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.” (Romans 6:20, 21) The Bible also enjoins us to constantly examine ourselves to know what things we are doing right and what areas need to be adjusted. This leads to remarkable turning points and enables even the least advantaged to rise to the greatest attainments. – Proverbs 28:13,14; 2 Corinthians 13:5,6.