Read Proverbs Chapters 13–14

In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26 NKJV
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Solomon started out well because of the instruction he received from his parents and the wisdom he received from God. As we will see, he did not finish well because he gave in to the culture of the nations surrounding him. He allowed his desire to ‘have it all’ to corrupt his worship of God.
Late in life, King Solomon expressed the futility of a self‑indulgent lifestyle. He said, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief.” (14:12-13)
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Like Solomon, we face pressures in our homes because of the wickedness of our culture. The overt idolatry that brought Solomon down is not exactly the same; but there are many influences that are deadly to the purity and sanctity of our homes.
Lord, help us to build up, encourage and invest ourselves in our families. You have said that "those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness." (14:22b) The influences we allow in our homes, and the people we associate with, all have an impact on our children. Give us kind words, uplifting activities, and faithfulness–the building blocks of a secure home and a godly life.
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The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. Proverbs 14:1 NIV
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27 NIV