Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to win the lottery? I would think that most people, even if they don’t play the lottery, have thought about what life would be like if they won it. Well, my family had just such a conversation the other day and it seemed to fit well with Solomon’s words for this week’s devotion. Let’s top up our coffees and I’ll share the connection between the two.
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
My family had a conversation the other day about what a person would do if he/she won a lottery of billions of dollars, like someone had done recently. We discussed how we would never run out of money. We could be as generous as we wanted to the church and those in need. We could build ourselves a castle, and buy ourselves the nicest vehicles. We could clothe ourselves in the finest of clothes and feast on the most fabulous foods. All of which are prepared and maintained by others, of course.
We often hear people say, “Oh, how I wouldn’t have a worry in the world. I’d be set for life.” Yet, we have also heard about lottery winners who become more destitute than they were before winning the lottery. How does that happen? Is it perhaps that mankind, in our sinful nature, seek the qualities that we strive for in life, like honour, peace, and riches, in the wrong ways. We seem to place a lot of stock in obtaining money to be the thing that provides all these desires of heart and mind. However, in the above passage, Solomon is saying, it is seeking God’s wisdom and understanding that will provide all these qualities we are searching for, and none of them can be taken from us. In fact, Solomon learned this first hand when he asked for wisdom to lead God’s people properly, instead of asking for wealth and riches and power. Solomon’s request so pleased God that he blessed him with the greatest of wisdom, as well as, wealth and honour and blessing and peace.
It is the same desire God has for you and me, and it is available for everyone and is at each person’s fingertips. We don’t need to be rich. We don’t need to win the lottery. We don’t need to spend our meager, hard earned wages on the hope of a life of peace, of honour, of riches, of blessing. We just need to seek our precious Lord and his ways and his understanding, and he will provide. Jesus puts it like this,“But seek first [your heavenly Father’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”(Matthew 6:33) By doing so, you will be the winner of the greatest lottery ever where everyone who plays, wins!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to seek you and your wisdom, and to understand and to follow. Help me to understand the depth of your ways that would send your only begotten son to this earth in order to live the perfect life that you require and that I could never live, but then to pay the penalty that my sins deserve, the penalty that should have been mine. For no love is greater than this. I am forever indebted to you and desire to understand this type of love and reasoning. Help me to seek your wisdom and your ways. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!