Proverbs 8:35-36 Finding Life Or Death

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For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death. Proverbs 8:35-36 

Very few people actually seek death. Most people want to live and want to live a full life. They seek to find and do things that are enjoyable and full of life, or appear to be full of life.

Often the seeking of life is sought in doing things or having things. People want to do the latest and greatest thing. They want what everyone else has and is doing.

In the process of seeking life, many throw all caution to the side. They will grab for whatever is available, paying to attention to the cost or dangers involved.

As Solomon talks about seeking and gaining wisdom, he points out the value in finding wisdom. Those who find it gain life and God’s favor. Those who do not find wisdom harm themselves and gain death.

Wisdom is being able to use information or knowledge correctly. It is easy for people to gain knowledge, but often people do not use it correctly. People are very quick to seek knowledge, going to college, searching on Google, watching YouTube videos, but are slow at seeking wisdom with the information that they find.

Believers are often in the same way. They can quote scripture with ease, but don’t always use wisdom in how to apple those scriptures. Many scriptures are often taken out of context or used to harm someone.

Once wisdom is found, one learns how to really live a full life for God and to apply His word to his life. Those who do not find wisdom or refuse to seek for it, will harm themselves and others. They are really in love with death.

Not having wisdom will cause one to make choices that will only lead to sin and death.

You are just like others in having gained some knowledge, knowledge of God and this world. How you use that knowledge is found in wisdom.

Seek to know how to use what information God has allowed you to learn. Use it wisely for His glory and purpose in your life. Gain the life that God wants to give you.

Do not allow yourself to ignore wisdom and make poor choices that bring about death. Seek God and His wisdom and you will find His favor and life.

I pray today that God will fill you with His wisdom; that you will know God’s ways and how to live by them; that you will use what God is giving you correctly; and that you will know life in God. 

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