Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
My husband and I have misplaced a car key, one of those fancy electronic, full-of-buttons keys that cost a mint. We have been searching and searching and searching for the darn thing.
Well this week’s devotion is certainly timely with the passion I have experienced in trying to find that key. Let’s top up our coffees and see where Solomon’s going this week…
Moral Benefits of Wisdom
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdomand applying your heart to understanding—indeed,if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
Over the years, there have been so many reality shows on television whose whole premise is a person, or group of people, committed to finding something. The individuals in Gold Rush are committed to finding gold up north, and the people in the show The Curse of Oak Island are seeking an apparently lost treasure. To these individuals, the obstacles they must overcome are worthy of their turmoil and danger, due to their desire to obtain their treasure. The slight glimpse of a clue that brings them closer to their treasure brings such great joy and celebration, even without actually obtaining their treasure. These people would give their lives for the search of their treasure. Have you ever desired to seek something with such passion, intensity and dedication?
Well, it is with such desirous qualities that Solomon is encouraging us to listen to his words, to search the scriptures to find God’s truth, and to be diligent and deliberate in applying such words as we continue chipping away at the roadblocks of our life’s journey. However, the difference with this treasure hunt is that we will, without a doubt, find the treasure. When we seek the Lord, his love, and his truth, he does not have us wander aimlessly abandoned, as if we are a dog chasing its tail. No! He promises to be there, he promises to answer. Even Jesus assures us of this:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ..Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 6:33, 7:7-8
No, our searching for this most precious treasure will not be in vain. We will be filled. He promises to send his Holy Spirit to guide us and to fill us in knowing him and his ways. In all this, we then receive true wisdom and success. Not this world’s temporary sense of success or foolish wisdom. For God’s wisdom gives us peace and a sound mind in the midst of turmoil, even unto death. God’s success gives us contentment in any circumstance, “whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:12b).. It guides our decisions and attitudes, and it draw us back to him and his word when we are in question or feeling lost. It gives us a behind-the-scene knowledge of foolish decisions in order to be discerning. It puts us in awe of his power and majesty which produces a great respect, fear and honour of our almighty God.
Therefore, may Solomon’s words encourage you to be diligent in your prayer and devotional time. May you be assured that it is benefitting you, more than the extra 30 minutes of sleep that may be tempting you. That in all your seeking of the Lord, he will be right by your side and you will be obtaining a treasure that is well worth the journey and out of this world!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank-you for the words of encouragement and assurance that promises that seeking your truth and knowledge will change me: will produce in me a treasure and wisdom that is good and trustworthy. Please forgive me when I let other temptations draw me away from your word and life-giving, life-fulfilling promises. Please bestow your Holy Spirit upon me to guide me as you desire me draw nearer to you. I also ask your wisdom and truth, in these days, as I am faced with (add your own person struggles here). In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!