Saturday’s Military Devotional – Instructed

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. Proverbs 19:20-21

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If you can remember back to boot camp you have to remember getting off the bus and being SCREAMED at by some Drill Sergeant barking out instructions so fast you had no clue what they said or what to do. 

There was a method and reason to their madness that I did not understand until I had nearly finished Basic Training.  Basically we need to react under pressure under stress of combat and since shooting recruits would not be advisable (or legal 🙂 ) screaming like banshees is the next best thing. In order to insure a soldier does no harm to themselves or others one must learn to act in differing situations of stress. 

Here in our text the preceding v.19 has the same implication, an unwise man (here one who can not control his emotions) must learn the consequences of those actions otherwise he will repeat the mistake and cause himself and or others harm.  


20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. –  NO ONE, likes to be yelled at, told they are wrong, continually corrected.  Yet the bible is clear, God loves to “correct” that is “Instruct” his chosen and as Proverbs 12:1 says those who oppose God’s loving instruction are “Stupid.”

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Bible comments on this Those that would be wise in their latter end, must be taught and ruled when young.

21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. –  What is it man longs for; wealth, fame, power?  All these things are the focus of a corrupt heart. Man can plan, scheme and conive all he wishes but to what end? God will always have the final say Psalm 33:10.  


Just as recruits must be taught the ways of soldiering so too those who enter into God’s Army need learn His ways in order to fight the good fight. We cannot be afraid of being continual instruction, being rebuked and getting wise counsel. 

The Book of Psalms 1:1-6 begins with such an exhortation:

Blessed is the man[a]
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night. 

Today’s Questions:


Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on INSTRUCTION

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

Daily Devotional – “IF”

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:10

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This verse comes one verse from the end of the parable of the Vine (Jesus) and the Branches (Disciples) John 15:1-11. 

In the previous verse, v.10, Jesus declares His love for His disciples (The Apostles specifically) and then tells them to love Him steadfastly in the same manner. 

Our text explains how this can be accomplished. 


If ye – Maybe the most powerful two letter word recorded in scripture If, note Jesus did not say when you but if you are capable of…

keep my commandments, keeping His commandments (precepts, laws, teachings, instructions, etc.) Wait a minute we know that no man is actually capable of keeping the law (Man’s Inability to Keep the Moral Law) that is why we needed Christ a redeemer Savior. So what is He speaking of. 

Remember earlier in v.3-5; Jesus says that those who remain in Him, love Him, follow His (precepts, laws, teachings, instructions, etc.) will bear much fruit, this is what He speaks of now. 

ye shall abide in my love; Wow, how original :), Jesus says ‘If you Love me I will Love you’.

even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. – Jesus gives us the ultimate example the relationship between Father and Son. He followed the commands of the Father and in doing so demonstrated or showed His love for Him. In returned the Father declared His love for Jesus, Matthew 3:17,Matthew 17:5,Mark 1:11,Mark 9:7,Luke 3:22,Luke 9:35,2 Peter 1:17.


How often have you heard (or maybe used the excuse) ‘there are to many rules and I Don’t Want To Be Religious.’  While not explicitly implied in our text I also am convinced there is application to the “Greatest Commandments” here. Folks, it just don’t get much simpler than that. 

Of course it all hinges on the two letter word “IF” there are a whole bunch of folks warming pews across the world (pre-Covid of course) who are on the wrong side of that word and one day will be standing before the LORD and here the horrible words: (ESV)  “…I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ ” Matthew 7:21-23

Where do you stand today are you an “IF” person of God?




 Walk even as ye have us for an example – Philippians 3:17 (R.V.)

 Look on me, and do likewise – Judges 7:17

 Old Testament examples are New Testament instructions.  – John Owen

 Example is the most powerful of rhetoric {words} – Thomas Brooks

 No marvel the imps {troublemakers} do follow when the devil goeth before. – Henry Smith

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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