Proverbs 8:10-11 What To Choose

Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 8:10-11

Wealth is something that many people strive for. People are always looking for a way to get rich quickly, with as little amount of work as possible. Many are striving to be able to purchase that new car, or house, or go on a fancy vacation. In the process of getting those things, many problems arise.

It is common for a person to get a loan to purchase that new fancy car, that is more than he really needs. Then a few months later, the car gets repossessed because he cannot make the payments. There was no wisdom used in the purchase, only the seeking out of gold and silver. Wisdom would have made the person choose another vehicle that was not so high priced.

Solomon, who was the wealthiest man who ever lived on the earth, had learned that seeking wisdom was more important than seeking after things or gold. It has more value than the gold, because wisdom can bring a person life. Wisdom keeps a person from making the wrong decisions.

Knowing God is the beginning of wisdom. No one is more wise than God is.  God had the wisdom to lay out the plan of salvation for each person. That plan brings about life, not death.

Seeking to run after the things of the world will only bring you dissatisfaction and disappointment. You may have a lot of things and are wealthy, but inside there will be no real life or enjoyment in this life.

The Bible does not directly tell you what to do or not do in purchasing things of this world. It does, however, give you guidelines in what to do. These guidelines are pieces of God’s wisdom for your life.

As you choose to follow God and His word, you will gain more wisdom. In the process of gaining this wisdom it will help you make the right choices in this life. Then you will be filled with the abundant life that Jesus said He came to give you.

Will you choose God’s wisdom for your life today?

I pray today that you will seek out God’s wisdom; that you will follow God’s wisdom; that God will show you the best paths to take; and that you will know the life that God’s wisdom can give you.

Proverbs 2:11 Getting Protection

Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 2:11

Security is a hot topic everywhere a person looks. People want to know that they are safe from any harm. Businesses have security cameras everywhere, with security guards walking around also. People have security systems installed on their homes, many with cameras to stop thieves from entering. Multiple door locks are placed on doors to keep people from coming through.

One area that many individual people miss in seeking protection and security is in using proper discretion. God pours out His wisdom and direction for His people to know what is best for their lives.

Solomon wrote that discretion will protect a person. Many may ask how that is possible? Think about a person getting ready to cross a street. If the person has no discretion at all, he may walk straight out in front of a car coming down the street and get hit. Discretion will see the car coming and determine that it is unsafe to walk at that moment.

In life you may have a lot of friends and other people you know and are around. There is nothing wrong with having friends, but some of those friends may not be the best for you. They may be leading you down a wrong path.

Many people claim to be serving God, but are in reality serving themselves. They may go to church, speak Godly sounding words, but still be teaching the ways of this world. “Christians” in “churches” are claiming today that there are actions that are not sinful and acceptable in God’s eyes. Discretion will allow you to see that.

God’s understanding of what is going on will help guide you in what is best for you. It will open your eyes to what is going on around you. As a human you cannot always see the spirit of things happening. The spirits of this world are trying to deceive you and get you to sin and move away from God.

Seek God to know what is happening and how to best react to it. Use discretion in what you say, think, and do. Use discretion in who you follow. Use discretion in what you believe. Line everything up with the God’s Word and follow His guidance, not this world’s.

I pray today that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that God will guide you in your life; that God will give you His wisdom and understanding; and that you will accept the leading of God’s Holy Spirit in your life.

Proverb 1:7 What Not To Despise

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Colleges are found all over the world teaching nearly every subject one can imagine. People love to have knowledge. There are some people who appear to be professional students. They continue going to college, changing their major on a regular basis, getting more and more schooling, but never getting the degree.

As much as people love to get knowledge, many reject wisdom and real instruction. A very simple way to put what wisdom really is, is to say that it is knowing how to use the knowledge that has been gained correctly.

Very few people really like to be told what to do or the best way to do something. Once they get a little knowledge, they feel that they know all there is to know. This is where they become a fool.

The very basis of all knowledge and wisdom must come from knowledge and fear of the God. He is the one who created everything in the beginning. He knows what is best in every situation. Without God as the foundation of everything, all a person has is false beliefs and lies. Everything without God is man-made and will crumble in the end.

The world likes to start out their teaching with the thought that there is no God. Since this happens, everything else begins to fall apart. They do not like to be told how to live their life, which is what God likes to do. People wonder why there is such crime and hate in this world,  but refuse to believe in the God of love and His directions for their lives.

As a believer, you must allow God to guide and correct you. He will teach you the best way to live your life. The best way may not always be the most fun or the least painful, but it will be best for you in the long run.

God is there to guide you into all truth. Knowing and fearing (trusting, honoring) God is the foundation of a great life. This is the best start of knowledge and wisdom.

What or who is the foundation of your life?

Is it the things and knowledge of this world?

Or is it God?

I pray today that you will respect and honor God with your life; that you will seek the wisdom of God for your life; that you will not despise God’s directions to you; and that you will be filled with God’s wisdom.

Psalm 49:20 Wealthy, But Missing It

People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish. Psalm 49:20

Earlier in this psalm, the psalmist asks the question why one should be afraid of those who are wealthy. Several thousand years later, people are still fearing those who are wealthy.

Those with great wealth often trust in the power of their wealth and feel that they are in control. Bribery happens on a regular basis at all levels of the government and in businesses. The term used for this is a donation.

Great wealth is what keeps businesses promoting sinful or harmful activities. It is wealth that causes a person to tear down homes in order to build a business. In all of their activities, there is no understanding occurring.

Fear of the wealthy shows up, when those without wealth just accept what the wealthy have to say and do, regardless of how right or wrong it is.

Any one who has great wealth and uses it in the wrong way, has no real understanding. They do not see the problems they are causing. They do not see their need for God to be in control of their lives. They lack any understanding of what life on this earth is really all about. When they live like this, they will be like the beasts of the field, they will die and everything with them will perish.

People with a lot of wealth can do a lot of great things, if they choose to do so. Money can buy food, clothing and housing for other people. It can purchase materials needed to properly teach children. It can provide for medical needs. It can be used to help spread the gospel message of Jesus Christ around the world.

There is nothing wrong with great wealth. If you believe in and follow Jesus, you can use your wealth (whether little or great) to do great things for God.

As a believer, you do not have to fear those who are wealthy. They may appear to be in control, but in reality, it is God who is in full control. Trust God and not man. Trust God and not yours or someone else’s wealth.

Be filled with understanding and know what God is doing today. Know what God wants you to do with what you have.

I pray today that you will allow God to be in control of your life; that you will trust God alone; that God will give you understanding; and that you will use what you have for God.

Job 28:28 Wisdom And Understanding (Part 2)

And he said to the human race, “The fear of the LORD–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28:28

The author had talked about how mankind can find many different things, but was unable to find wisdom and understanding. Those things are hidden from natural sight. God is the One who sees and understands everything. He is the One who is in control of everything. God then tells every person that to fear the Lord is wisdom and to turn from evil is understanding.

People can read and hear about God and the ways He does things. Reading the Bible gives a lot of information about God. The history of how God works in the lives of many people can be found in the stories in the Bible. The characteristics of God can be found in the Bible.

Reading the Bible alone and doing nothing with it does not have any real value in life. There are people who study the Bible because they see it as a great piece of literature, not as God’s Word and how to know God, and how to live and please God. Outside of a literature book, it means nothing to them.

When a person reads the Bible, he can get to know who God is and what God wants. This is where the fear of the Lord should begin. Fear, in this case, is not one of being afraid, but of extreme respect. Respecting God for who He is and accepting that He is in control. Accepting these things is wise.

Once a believer has a proper fear of the Lord, it should make him want to turn away from evil. He will realize that God does not want him to sin in any way. Turning from evil is understanding who God is and what God wants for his life.

Understanding how things work in this world is good, but will not help you for eternity. Being wise in how to apply the understanding of things of this world may help some in this world, but, again, will not save you for judgement.

The only things that really matter in life, is knowing and understanding who God is and what He wants. You need to have a proper fear of the Lord in your life. Then you must turn from all sin and serve Him.

Do you have wisdom and understanding?

I pray today that you will know who God is; that you will understand what God desires; that you will know God’s plan for your life; and that you will turn from all sin.

 

Job 28:20 Wisdom And Understanding (Part 1)

Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? Job 28:20

The author of Job starts out this chapter talking about how man can dig down into the earth and discover many different things that animals will never find. Two things cannot be found by looking for them: wisdom and understanding. Neither of these can be bought, so the question is where do they dwell? How can a person find these things?

It has been said that understanding is knowing about something, and wisdom is knowing the best way to use that understanding or knowledge that one has.

In most places in the world, people look for understanding through schooling. They go to others for information to have a better understanding on some subject. Teachers can give a lot of information about a subject, but at times that information will just go over the head of the student. Understanding the subject comes from somewhere else, besides just words from a teacher or a textbook.

Thousands of people go to college, get their degree, but cannot properly utilize what they have learned in the real world. Their information is just book knowledge. They still do not have wisdom.

In other parts of the world, people look into self-meditation to find wisdom. It is believed to be void of all feelings and study the teachings of others will bring about great wisdom.

While these things can give some insight into various subjects, there is a level of understanding and wisdom that is missed. Everything being learned is what is coming from another person. Every person is limited in his knowledge and wisdom.

People are finite. They are confined to one place, at one time, in a extremely brief period in history. In light of the entire history of the world, even someone who lives to be one hundred years old, has only been around for a short amount of time.

With this in mind, man’s information is very limited. His wisdom and understanding is very faulty at best.

True understanding and wisdom must come from somewhere else. It has to come from God. He is the only one who has been around for all eternity and knows everything perfectly.

Seek understanding and wisdom from God. Go to God to get what you need and are searching for. It will not be faulty.

I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will seek wisdom and understanding from God; and that you will not allow yourself to be led astray with faulty wisdom of this world.

Job 12:13 All Power And Wisdom Is God’s

To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. Job 12:13

Job is continuing to answer his friends. He mocks them in saying that they must be the only ones with a mind and understanding. Then he points out that all power and wisdom belong to God. The rest of the verses in this chapter look at how God builds and destroys everything that there is. Nothing is out of His control.

It is easy for people to think that they are in control, especially those in leadership. Groups of people who belong to great nations, feel as though they have built that nation to be as great as it is. Some of these nations throw their power around, believing that they can control other nations.

Others are people who have gone to college long enough to get a doctorate degree. They believe that they are the smartest people on the earth. They know what they know and they are right in what they know, there can be no other way, because they have the schooling to prove it.

Yes, people have learned a lot and have gained some power. However, all of that wisdom and power has come from God. No one can learn anything, unless God allows it. No one can have any power, unless God allows it.

Everything that exists was created by God. Nothing can exist without His power and word. Take away God’s sustaining power and you will cease to exist. You cannot create the air that you breathe, or the food that you eat, or this earth that you live on.

God builds up and tears down. He puts things in place and removes things from their place. He provides understanding and wisdom, and can hide both.

As you go through situations in life, you need to remember that it is God who is in control. This world and the things of this world are not in control. You are not in control. Seek God, His wisdom and power, and see what God can do in and through you.

In His wisdom and power God does allow bad things to happen to believers. However, He uses those things for your benefit.

Are you believing and trusting in God’s power and wisdom?

Or in your own power and wisdom?

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will see God’s wisdom in your life; that you will trust God’s wisdom; and that you will know that God is in control.