Wisdom For Daily Living
Imagine that God appeared to you in a dream one night and said to you, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” How would you respond? Some people might ask for riches. Others might request power or fame or some other worldly possession or status. But when the Lord appeared to a king named Solomon in this way, Solomon didn’t ask for any of those things.
Solomon said, “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You… in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in… Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:6-9).
In response to this request, “God gave Solomon great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge too vast to be measured. In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt… He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs.” (1 Kings 4:29-32).
I’m so thankful that God inspired Solomon to write down some of his wisdom, so we could benefit from it today! Three of the books of the Bible – Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs – were all written by this wise king. Someone described the Bible in terms of the acrostic B.I.B.L.E. = Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. That statement is definitely true of the Book of Proverbs. This book is all about God’s Wisdom for Daily Living!
There are 31 chapters in the Book of Proverbs, which makes it a great subject for a month long daily devotional. I want to challenge you to take the next 31 days to come along on a journey through this book of wisdom with me. Each day, read one chapter from the Book of Proverbs, and then read through my devotional comments on a portion of that day’s reading. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And whatever else you do, get good judgment.”
Let’s pray: Father God, as we begin this month long journey through the Book of Proverbs, I pray that you would give us wisdom and understanding. As we meditate daily on your word, help us to observe to do according to all that is written in it, for when we do this, we know that we will make our way prosperous, and find good success (Joshua 1:8). Give us a spirit of wisdom, and revelation in the knowledge of you, in Jesus’ mighty name, amen!
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