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A Journey Through the Psalms and Proverbs

Suzanne Silva

Suzanne Silva

This devo was written before my son, Austin, went home to be with the Lord on June 15, 2017, after a tragic dental surgery procedure on June 6. That same day, Austin pinned the words below in his journal. (For your ease, I have typed them.) This summer, Austin and his friends had started studying Job. Since then, I have studied Job this fall, being so challenged to trust my good Father in His timing and plan that I would not have chosen for Austin.

“What does rejoicing every day look like? How is that something I can maintain? If God gives me success, then He does, but either way, that’s not the focus. Paul says he has found contentment in all settings, in riches and in poverty. It is my job to lead my family and live my life in such a way that I can show them and teach them that loving God is loving Him in poverty and in riches. The Lord will take care of me.

“Job shows that wisdom knows that evil doesn’t last, it is unsustainable. In my nature, my foolish nature, I speculate . . . wanting, thinking, wishing to know the future. Not only is this fruitless, but unproductive. However harmless, there is no good in it. Goodness is found in rejoicing in God’s love and the freedom, the freedom in knowing what that means.

“Lord, help me to remember the feeling of You when I am tempted. Keep me focused on my purpose for You. My goal this summer is to rejoice in You every morning. Give me opportunities and fill me with Your words in these moments. My work for You is not about creating a resume, but the true desire to show people what You have shown me. Amen.”

—Austin Silva (June 6, 2017)

In light of Austin’s journal, I am so thankful that Austin got it. His college resume was not the goal, but rather to share Christ with others, to trust God to take care of him, and to rejoice in the Lord every day.

God gave us an added gift of Austin giving his testimony at Watermark two months before his passing and letting us have his assurance of faith be known so publicly. http://www.watermark.org/message/4799

We had a beautiful celebration of life that demonstrated to us Austin’s far reach to his friends and family of his faith, loyalty, and deep friendships. http://www.watermark.org/message/4826

Back to The Journey today—“Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.” (Proverbs 20:11) The Lord was finished with Austin on this earth, and we are thankful that, though he was not perfect, Austin was known as having a pure and upright heart that overflowed in the way he lived and loved others and his Lord.

November 6, 2017

"HOW GOOD DO YOU SOUND ON PAPER?"


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Proverbs 20:1-15

20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,
and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. [1]
The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,
but every fool will be quarreling.
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
but a faithful man who can find?
The righteous who walks in his integrity—
blessed are his children after him!
A king who sits on the throne of judgment
winnows all evil with his eyes.
Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;
I am clean from my sin”?
10 Unequal [2] weights and unequal measures
are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright. [3]
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
the Lord has made them both.
13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
but when he goes away, then he boasts.
15 There is gold and abundance of costly stones,
but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 20:1 Or will not become wise
[2] 20:10 Or Two kinds of; also verse 23
[3] 20:11 Or Even a child can dissemble in his actions, though his conduct seems pure and upright

MEMORY VERSES

Proverbs 19:11

Good sense makes one slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an offense.