Devotional for Wednesday September 5th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding; furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom.” Proverbs 2:1-6 (CSB)

 

Our thought for today: “You are responsible for seeking wisdom”

 

There’s a significant difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is the accumulation of information. Wisdom is the ability to apply what you know in a way that makes life better. Knowledge can be acquired through study and memorization. Wisdom includes study and learning, but more than that it comes from observation, counsel, thoughtfulness, common sense, and experience. The most important kind of wisdom comes from God. James 1:5 tells us that if we are in need of wisdom we only have to ask God for it and He will provide it for us.

 

Where will godly wisdom come from? How will we find it? First from the Bible; then from the counsel of mature Christian mentors and friends; it is also learned from experience and therefore often comes with age. All of this implies a desire to be wise and a willingness on your part to seek out that wisdom. You have to take the time to study God’s Word with an eye for uncovering nuggets of Biblical wisdom. You have to seek the counsel of others. You must consider circumstances and history as you try to understand the present and make plans for the future. And you must use a healthy dose of common sense. Wisdom has to be sought-after and worked for.

 

In the book “The Traveler’s Gift” the main character David is on a journey through time, having encounters with significant historical figures along the way, and learning important life principles from them. His second stop in history was for a brief but powerful encounter with King Solomon, the writer of the Proverbs. The second principle for living a good life is “I will seek wisdom”. Here’s a summary of it:

 

“Wisdom waits to be gathered. I will seek her out. My reading, listening, and choice of association will serve to make me wise. Wisdom is a gift for the diligent. A wise man is also a servant of others. He who serves the most grows the fastest.”

 

One of the most effective means of changing your life for the better is to seek godly wisdom. Pray, read your Bible, spend lots of time with older more mature Christians, and take the time to think through the situations of your life. When it comes to having a good life, true wisdom is more valuable than diamonds or gold. But you have to want it and you have to work for it. It’s your responsibility to seek wisdom.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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