Devotional for Wednesday November 25th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Be thankful”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “The one who walks with the wise will become wise …” Proverbs 13:20 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Thank God for the wise people He has put into your life”
 
There’s a man in our church who is fond of telling stories about his grandfather. His grandfather was a faithful man of God who was very wise and who invested a lot of time into his relationship with his grandson. The grandfather was a quiet man of strong faith and as he spent time with his grandson, he taught and modeled lessons about how a Christian man conducts himself.
 
As the man remembers and tells those stories, you can hear the love and admiration he has for his grandpa to this day. The grandfather obviously had a profound influence on the grandson, and important values were imparted in the process.
 
There’s a basic truth about human nature that over time we become like those we associate with. In Proverbs 13:20 wise King Solomon tells us that if you want to become wise, spend time with those who are wise. But that’s just one half of the verse. The entire thing reads, “The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.” This is similar to what the Apostle Paul would write almost 1000 years later in 1 Corinthians 15:33 where he cautions us, “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.”
 
The truth is that we become like those we associate with and therefore we have to choose our friends and associates carefully. Find people you admire and who you would like to be more like, and spend time with them. The man in the example I cited above admired his grandfather and wanted to be like him. So, he made it a point to spend a lot of time with him and in many ways, he did become like him. The attributes he so lovingly remembers about his grandfather can also be seen in his own life.
 
I encourage you to spend some time today thinking about the wise men and women God has put into your life in the past, and those who are still there today. Thank Him for them; consider how you might be able to become more like them; and, if they are still in your life today, consider spending more time with them.
 
Those who walk with the wise become wise.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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