So many nuggets of truth today in Proverbs 13! I thought this would be a good chapter to employ a different format for Jumpstart. I will share verses that jumped out to me, and with each, I will give a reflection question. Feel free to do the same (or give your answers) in the comments section!
Verse 1: A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction.
Question: Do you respond well to criticism/correction, especially from family?
Verse 3: Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.
Question: How have your words hindered you in the past? cf. James 3
Verse 4: Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.
Question: How would those closest to you describe your work ethic? Is it a good reflection of 1 Corinthians 10:31?
Verse 7: Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor.
Question: In what ways are you a “pretender” in order to impress people around you?
Verse 10: Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.
Question: With major decisions in your life, do you seek *godly* counsel?
Verse 20: Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.
Question: Do you have strong Christians in your inner circle?
Verse 24: Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.
Question: Parents: how have you seen this verse proved true in your family?
Verse 25: The godly eat to their hearts’ content, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.
Question: Christian: is your soul satisfied in Christ (John 7:38), or are you searching for more of what the world has to offer you?
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor