This post is Day 17 in a series of studies about “Joy”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Joy – Day 17

Proverbs 10:1

A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

The Thought

The book of proverbs is fascinating, and full of interesting advice, much of which we would call “common sense”. Many of the things written there don’t seem to be mind blowing truths, but most of them are worth thinking about, especially in today’s society where there is much rebellion and confusion. Where the enemy has “sown weeds”. (A reference to Matthew 13, the chapter we looked at yesterday!)

Every normal father wants to be proud of his children, whether daughters or sons. And many mothers know that if the children do not behave correctly, father will be hurt and upset and the whole family will suffer. She will work hard for joy to reign in the family home.

Jesus brought joy to His Father God, who let people know that fact, when He spoke from Heaven at Jesus’s baptism (Matthew 3:17) and on the mountain with Peter, James and John (Matthew 17:5).

Solomon often repeated what he was saying in another form, or he enlarged on the same theme. Today’s chapter continues with complimentary verses –

Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. (Verse 4)

He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son. (Verse 5)

The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. (Verse 8)


Read more of the proverbs today and ask yourself if you are a wise child bringing joy to your Heavenly Father as Jesus did.

Choose one or two proverbs that are appropriate for your life at the moment and focus on them as you go through the day. Pray for help where needed. (We all need divine help to keep us on track!)

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