How Do I Respect God?          Proverbs 19

Proverbs 19

   20 Listen to advice and accept instruction,
       and in the end you will be wise.

    21 Many are the plans in a man's heart,
       but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.

    22 What a man desires is unfailing love
       better to be poor than a liar.

    23 The fear of the LORD leads to life:
       Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

    24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
       he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

Can God speak to you through your cell phone?  What would you do if God called you on your cell phone?  How would you know it's God? What if it's a voice in the dark? How would you know it's God when you hear a voice in the dark? Watch baby monitor 2 min video

Look at verse 21.  What does it mean that it's the Lord's purpose that prevails? Watch exorcism today 7min video.


Write the questions, in red, down in one color and the answers in another skipping lines between each. Read Proverbs 19

Some people say respect is earned.  Could respect also be learned?

Now let's look at verse 23.  What is the "fear of the Lord"?  Is fear the same as "respect"?

Know this that God will always give you a way out.  Maybe before, maybe during or after.  But there will always be a way out.  Watch Way out 1.3min video.

Do you believe in signs from the Lord.  What are premonitions? (future events thatare foreknown), coincidences? a noteworthy alignment of two or more circumstances, happenstance? anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause. What are crop circles ?patterns created by the flattening of crops  Watch 2 min crop circles video   (go to column one after video)

Turn in lesson at the end of the hour.


Verse 20

Everyone needs to learn to be wise.  Nobody is born wise.

You, too, can learn to be wise.  You must listen to your lessons.  Your lessons are the advice that you receive.  You must obey the instructions.  This requires effort.  It takes time.  But, in the end, you will be wise.

Verse 21

We make our plans.  But we cannot control even our own lives.  See James 4:13-15.  If we trust God, then God will guide us.  See my notes on Proverbs 16:1.

See Acts 16:6-10.  Paul had many plans, but these were not God’s plans.  Paul needed to pray, so that he would know God’s plans.

Verse 22

A loyal friend is the best type of friend.  Such a friend is always sincere.  He does not try to gain by lies, because he is loyal.  He does not even care if he becomes poor because of his friendship.

The second line is similar to Proverbs 19:1.

Verse 23

We must respect God - see Proverbs 1:7.  If we respect God, then God will help us.  When troubles come, he will protect us.  See Psalm 46:1.

Verse 24

Solomon uses humour here.  This is a very lazy man.  He is too lazy, even to eat.  This means the same as verse 15.  A lazy man refuses to work, so he will earn nothing.  Because he earns nothing, he will be hungry.  Solomon’s story in verse 24 explains this as a joke.

Verse 25

The man who insults other people might not learn from his punishment.  In English, we say that this man has a ‘closed mind’.  This means that he refuses to learn from anyone else.  But other people can learn when they see this man’s punishment.

Simple people do wrong things, because they have not learned to be wise.  Simple people will learn when the evil man receives his punishment.  They will see the punishment.  So they will realise that the man is evil.  They will learn that the man’s actions were wrong.  So they themselves will begin to learn wisdom.  In English, we say that simple people have an ‘empty mind’.  This means that they have learned little yet.  But they might learn if they get a shock.

If a wise man does something wrong, then you should correct him.  Because he is wise, he will learn from the correction.  He will become even wiser.  In English, we say that such a man has an ‘open mind’.  That is, he wants to learn, even if the truth is painful.

Verse 26

This son does not just do one evil thing.  He does many evil things.  His parents cannot control him.  They must avoid him.  They can only pray to God for their son.  The son will suffer for his own evil actions.


OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:

1. Identify the simple man

2. Explain the difference between the Wisdom and Knowledge

3. describe the

4. chart on a map the

5. define the terms

6. Explain the significance of

Knowledge: Recall of data.

Comprehension: Understand the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one's own words.

Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction. Applies what was learned in the classroom into novel situations in the workplace.

Separates material or concepts into component parts so that its organizational structure may be understood. Distinguishes between facts and inferences. 

Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.

Make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.