Bible Study & Devotional Day 53
🔴 The Winking Eye
Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 10:10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Additional Scriptures Psalm 35:19, Proverbs 16:30, Proverbs 6:13
Words to Ponder
- Insight- the potential to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.
- Discretion-the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information.
- Knowledge-the ability to achieve a proper and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.
Those closest to me know I like poetry, especially Edgar Allen Poe. Wait, don’t stop reading! It was Tell-Tale Heart that first grasped my attention and had me sitting on the edge of my chair as I listened to my 5th-grade teacher speak in a haunting tone. At that moment, mystery, suspense, and intrigue gripped me in a most incredible sensory overload. And then it was over. It started with the vexing of an eye and ended with a beating heart.
Proverbs 10:10, “Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.”
The Word of God gives us wisdom; a malicious wink of the eye has an evil intent that causes trouble. It is an arrogant display of someone who thinks himself wise. That small demonstration through involuntary action is a secret signal to others that something else will happen.
When you are vexed by your actions and cannot cry out to God, ask yourself: Who is in my eye?
In Mark 6:1-6, we read as the countrymen are both astonished and offended by Jesus. Their unbelief vexed our Savior, and He worked few miracles. They did not want to trust what their eyes saw happening nor what their ears witnessed. While under the guidance of Jesus, the disciples were sent out two by two. They preached and had the power to perform miracles. (Mark 6:7-13)
Have you ever struggled like King David between grace and corruption? He presents an example of how to lament to God in Psalm 39:1-13.
The belief that David was deathly ill and sin caused his affliction kept him silent. We often keep quiet when confession would free us from the chains of pride, arrogance, and self-pity.
Remember, life is fragile, and the Bible describes its brevity in contrast to eternity. We have only moments to fulfill our purpose within God’s plan. How will you spend your time? Will you be vexed by the unfaithful or shaking off the dust and moving to receptive hearts? Your time is a precious commodity.
This devotional was submitted by Torrie Slaughter, the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Leviticus 13:1-59, Mark 6:1-29, Psalm 39:1-13, Proverbs 10:10