Today's devotion from Proverbs 19 and 20.
The proverbs are interesting to study because, many times, there seems to be no recognizable flow of thought between verses and chapters. As you read, it might be tempting to believe he author just wrote extemporaneously as random thoughts popped into his head. I can't argue with that. I've seen authors and scholars try to find connections, but there are just too many times a disconnected thought or verse throws their theories off. Even in my own study of Proverbs 18, there are wild ideas that keep the section from flowing in a way that makes a lot of sense to me.
However, there is a connection. The purpose of the proverbs were to give insight and wisdom. As such, they touch on many facets of life. Even in this reading today you've seen discussion on social justice, equitable trade, crisis management, resourcefulness, work ethic, and family relationships. These words cover much ground, but the ground is almost always connected to one great, overarching theme.
"Even a young man is known by his actions--by whether his behavior is pure and upright." (Proverbs 20:11, CSB)
The key to the proverbs is to realize that God has not designed a faith for the theoretical realm. His expectations are that our faith will be lived out. It will be both displayed and demonstrated in the way we treat others and conduct our business. In our homes, in the community, and in our sanctuaries, our faithful walk with Him in accordance with His design is evident.
If your walk with God isn't foundational in every aspect of your life, then you have a limp. There will inevitably be some area of your life uninformed or unsurrendered to Him, and this, dear friend, is disobedience. It is not enough to worship Him on Sunday and to swindle your neighbors on Monday.
No. Our faith must be lived because it is speaking in every moment of every day by our actions.