Session 14

The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

From Proverbs: A 31-Day Devotional

How do you know who to listen to or which advice to take when you have a decision to make? Between family, friends, the news, and the Internet, we have access to an overwhelming amount of information. But a hunger for knowledge is only helpful if we’re hungry for truth.  

The book of Proverbs is full of godly wisdom broken into short, practical sayings. In Proverbs 14:1-12, Solomon tells us the best place to seek truth is in God’s Word.

Well-meaning people tell us all sorts of things, some true and some false. It’s up to us to discern the difference between the two. “A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies. The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning” (Proverbs 14:5-6).

Making any decision requires thoughtfulness. Proverbs 14:15 cautions us not to believe everything we hear, but to take our time and think through the outcomes of our decisions. We don’t have to make decisions quickly based on other’s opinions. After all, what God has to say on the subject matters the most. Take a look at what the Bible says and ask God in prayer to show you your next step.  

God cares about our plans, and He cares about hearts. He will never tell us to do anything that contradicts His Word. Advice may change over time, but the truth of the Bible remains (Isaiah 40:8).

Reflect:

  • Are you taking advice from those who love Jesus or those who love the world?
  • Have you asked advice from multiple people who love Jesus, yet their advice is very different? If so, set aside some time to pray and study what the Bible says regarding the advice you are seeking.
  • Are you depending on advice from others for complete direction on a decision? Have you asked God to show you your next step? If not, focus first on seeking time with God alone to just listen. He hears our prayers and answers them.

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

So you want to be wise?

Most of us know ‘the look.’ It’s the face mom makes when she catches us digging into the cake for the church social. It’s the face dad ma...

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Session 2

The best way to find your way

Imagine going on a road trip without a GPS, a map, or any familiarity with the road ahead of you. At first, it might not be difficult to ...

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Session 3

Is God mad at me?

We want to spend time with Jesus, but we forget to set the alarm clock and oversleep instead of reading the Bible and praying. We know co...

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Session 4

You have access to a wealth of wisdom

Everyone wants to believe the myth of control. We believe we are in control of our lives, until something happens and we’re not. Turns o...

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Session 5

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

Any one of us can become trapped by seduction. Sexual temptation isn’t something we fall for; it’s something we take steps toward over ti...

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Session 6

Why you need to be leading you

Proverbs 6:7-8 says the ant “has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harve...

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Session 7

How to avoid getting pulled in again

Few things are as terrifying as being swept up by a riptide or strong current. Before you realize what’s happening, you are out of contro...

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Session 8

How do we know what’s true?

Turn on the news and you’ll hear two contradictory phrases in one sentence. Everyone’s calling everyone else a liar and talking about “al...

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Session 9

How to win in every disagreement

Ever had a discussion turn into a heated disagreement? You both believe you’re right and want to change the other’s mind. It’s fun when w...

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Session 10

Will they miss you when you’re gone?

How will others remember us when we are no longer alive on this earth? This question may seem unimportant, but we are choosing how others...

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Session 11

How are you measuring success in life?

Often, we correlate success with how much wealth someone has accumulated. Our lives are successful based on the size of our bank accounts...

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Session 12

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

We have all heard the phrase “guilt by association.” Did you know there is also such a thing as “hurt by association”? The Bible has a l...

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Session 13

Lying won’t get you what you really want

Remember the rush of getting away with a little white lie as a child? Maybe you said you cleaned your room when really you stashed the e...

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Session 14

The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

How do you know who to listen to or which advice to take when you have a decision to make? Between family, friends, the news, and the Int...

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Session 15

How to deal with anger

No one likes a distracted driver. It’s the woman looking down at her phone after the light has turned green. It’s the guy who cuts off th...

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Session 16

Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

Think back to when you were little. How many times did you answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” More than you...

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Session 17

Use your words for good, not evil

We are all guilty of running our mouths and hurting other people. Without even stopping to think, we open our mouths and out come our opi...

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Session 18

Choose your words wisely

One night as a mother and daughter were doing their nightly routine before bed, the mom saw an opportunity for a quick, but important, le...

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Session 19

Learn to own your mistakes

If a group of teachers was asked to create a list of the most common excuses students make, “He/She made me do it” and “It’s not my fault...

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Session 20

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

From movies to music, our culture seems to hold the party scene on a platform and shout, “This is where you’ll find fulfillment!” Where e...

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Session 21

There’s no such thing as “get rich quick”

More than 40 million people visit Las Vegas, Nevada, every year, and each one gambles an average of $530 in an effort to hit the jackpot....

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Session 22

Why you should care what other people think

Everyone is born with a boatload of foolishness (Proverbs 22:15). Our natural tendency is to choose poorly and experience bad consequence...

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Session 23

Passing down wisdom is the best gift you’ll give your kids

As parents, we hope our kids can turn down drugs, alcohol, and pornography without hesitation. If only we could will them to make better ...

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Session 24

With great wisdom comes great responsibility

Have you ever sat through a history, science, or even a math class and thought, When will I ever use this? It’s easy to let knowledge pa...

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Session 25

You can’t do the right thing without the right heart

When you were younger, your mom probably advised against snacking too much before dinner. But inevitably the hunger pangs would get the b...

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Session 26

How to know who is worthy of honor

The singer steps on stage and the opening chords of the song fill the room. She inhales deeply and lifts the mic to sing. But what comes ...

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Session 27

Is the way you handle conflict adding to the drama?

When was the last time you got really jealous? Maybe your younger sibling got married before you. Maybe your best friend bought a house y...

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Session 28

What to look for in a leader

Have you ever been led by someone and thought, “I’d follow them anywhere”? How did you feel in those circumstances?  Empowered, refreshed...

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Session 29

Why you should welcome discipline at any age

Childhood meant dealing with many “good” things that seemed devised to make us suffer. Were we really supposed to believe there was a go...

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Session 30

Do you believe God is awesome?

Like Agur, the author of Proverbs 30, we’ve all hit a wall where we realize we can’t answer the big questions of life. While we humans li...

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Session 31

How to live a life of noble character

Proverbs begins with a command to fear the Lord and ends with the description of a woman who fulfills this command (Proverbs 31:10-31). ...

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