90 Days Through The Bible: Day 46: Proverbs 16-31

More so than the first half of Proverbs, I felt convicted about my actions. Am I living up to the statutes of wisdom that Proverbs is sharing with us? I need to think through my actions, are they a great representation of God, or do I need to make some adjustments? As a mom, I need to get better about ensuring that I am not only teaching my children to obey, but to ensure that they understand and internalize wisdom from God.

I found it interesting that Proverbs tells us it is better to do it right the first time than it is to seek forgiveness and atonement after the fact, when modern day culture tells us that it is better/easier to seek forgiveness than permission. While it is true that it is easier to seek forgiveness than go through the hassle of asking permission, but are we obeying the Lord, relying on Him?  There might be a reason that a door is shut that we might not understand in the moment. The Lord has laid out our steps with a purpose in mind. Following God is not always about the easiest path, but the path He has chosen for us.


Proverbs 16-31


  • Everything the lord allows has a purpose. He establishes our steps.
  • Sin is atoned for by steadfast love and faithfulness in the Lord.
  • Kind words are sweet to the soul.
  • Those who mock others insult God
  • Whoever holds their tongues and has a calm spirit is considered wise.
  • The righteous know that trusting in the Lord is their safe place.
  • Be slow to anger.
  • Constant fighting/bickering with your spouse becomes wearisome.
  • Hear advice and instruction from others, for it provides wisdom for the future.
  • Even though man makes many plans, only those plans belonging to the Lord prevail.
  • Even children have reputations based on their behavior and actions.
  • Do not be deceitful in business.
  • Doing the right thing the first time is better than seeking forgiveness for your actions.
  • Even though you can prepare for battle, victory is determined by the Lord.
  • A reputable name is better than great wealth.
  • Listen to those who are wise and apply that knowledge in your life.
  • Do not seek excess or what you do not have.
  • Do not withhold discipline from a child.
  • Do not be envious of what the wicked have.
  • Wisdom is sweet to the soul.
  • Be honest and hardworking.
  • Treat others as you wish to be treated, even your enemies.
  • A man without self-control is like a city defenseless.
  • Let praise for yourself came from others and not your own lips.
  • The condition of your heart is a reflection of yourself.
  • Take care of what you have, for wealth can fade.
  • Those who offer honest (kindly) criticism to to others are better than those who constantly flatter.
  • Even small animals: ant, badger, locusts and lizards show wisdom in action.
  • Lead with a sober mind.
  • Speak for those who can’t, judge righteously, and defend those in need.
  • Wives who are hardworking, kind, wise and take care of their household are to be blessed.
  • Women who follow the Lord are to be praised.

Help me to remember:

that my actions scream loudly. I need to make sure that my heart for You is what is reflected in my actions.

Lord, I ask that . . .

I listen to those who are wise, seek wisdom from them and apply it in my life.

Heavenly Father, I am thankful for . . .

Your purpose for us, that You set our steps ahead of us.


Rachel is a work-from-home mom of two beautiful children. She used to teach middle school math and science and has served in various roles within her local church with the student ministry. Rachel loves being able to watch people grow in their relationship with God, especially by showing them how to study their Bible on their own. She started Honeycomb Wisdom to help people journal their time with God and His Word.
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