Daily Devotion

November 27: The Practicality of Wisdom Pt 1

Proverbs 3:7-8  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Herein is a threefold truth of applying wisdom in our daily life. This is a trilogy of imperatives that we are to obey if we are to practice wisdom daily in our thoughts, words, and actions. Be not wise in your own eyes. This goes back to not leaning upon our own understanding. “Lean” means “to support oneself.” It is self-reliance and a self-sufficiency that leaves God out of the equation.

To be wise in your own eyes is to retain the pride of life. This is the opposite of wisdom because we do not lean upon or trust in the One who knows what is ahead. Consider what would happen if you were trying to traverse your way through mountainous terrain. There are hills, sharp, jagged rock formations, deep ravines, drop-offs that may fall hundreds of feet. There are wild animals ready to devour you. If you were out in the dark with no light - no moon, no stars, and no light at all – you could not safely navigate your way through this rugged terrain. Those who would try are those who are prideful and full of themselves.

This is the type of terrain that we must traverse in this sin cursed world that we live in today. There are hills and hurdles that you must get across. There are sharp dangers all around you ready to tear you apart. There are pitfalls that the world and the devil love to put in front of God’s people. The devil himself is a roaring lion ready to devour you. There will be dark valleys that you must get through. There are high mountains that you must get over. This world is in darkness and we must traverse through its rugged terrain not knowing what is ahead.

But the Lord has given us wisdom to use His light to get through this world safely. He knows what is ahead. He knows what tomorrow holds. He is always there to hold your hand and take care of you. Wisdom will depend on the Lord and not upon your own self-sufficiency. Besides, your self-sufficiency is never enough, but God’s grace is always sufficient. You would do well to heed the Word and “lean not unto thine own understanding” and “be not wise in thine own eyes”. Allow God’s Word to be a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path.

The second command is to “fear the LORD”. This phrase is found 30 times in Scripture. But there are seven times that we are directly commanded to “fear the LORD”.  Seven is the number of perfection and this is no coincidence. This fear is a reverential trust and respect of the LORD with hatred for all that is evil. When you love Him you will hate evil (Psa 97:10). When you trust and respect Him you will hate evil (Pro 8:13). He preserves the saint while He hates the prideful heart.

He does not hate the soul which is the person, but he hates that attitude which lives and walks foolishly; against all that is Scripturally holy, just, true, godly, and moral. God loves every soul, or person, though He may hate their sinful, foolish life. He wants to help and give hope to all. He wants all to live victoriously and to prosper in life. He wants all to benefit from His love and grace. Those who do not fear the LORD cannot benefit and prosper. They cannot safely navigate this world.

A person who thinks they are wise, that they know it all, that they do not need any help, is a foolish person who is apt to suffer diverse types of harm in this life; spiritual, emotional, mental, physical and financial. They are also in danger of missing Heaven. Do you think or desire to go it on your own? -Preacher

November 26: The Preeminence of Wisdom

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Trust in the Lord begins with saving faith. If you are not truly saved you cannot truly trust in the Lord. Real trust comes through having a personal relationship with God as your Father. You cannot have a relationship with God without having Christ as your Saviour. That means that you have come to a place in your life where you have turned from living your way in this world and have turned to put your trust in living God’s way.

That is repentance and it is inseparable from believing on and receiving Christ Jesus as your Saviour. You realize that you owe God restitution for violating His law and His Word. It is a debt that you can never get paid in full; a debt that will send you to the Lake of Fire for eternity. You believe and trust that Christ Jesus paid it in full in your place on the Cross when He died. His being raised from the dead says that God accepts His payment in place of yours. You trust His payment in lieu of your payment because His is sufficient and yours is not. This is the beginning of a relationship with your Father and the beginning of your trust in Him. You trust and call upon Him to save you and remove this debt from you.

Wisdom says to put all of your confidence in the LORD your God. You can trust your Father in all matters great and small. There is nothing so small that He would not be concerned about and nothing so great that He would not be able to successfully handle on your behalf. He is always looking out for your good; to benefit, to prosper, and to bring you profit in your journey of faith.

Lean not unto thine own understanding” does not mean that you cannot think for yourself. You must think if you are to make decisions. Your thoughts must be open to the Lord; He knows them anyway. He wants you to willingly open your heart and thoughts to His influence, persuasion, guidance, correction, and leadership. When you live by faith - abiding in Christ, obeying God’s Word, and yielded to the Spirit – this will become commonplace to you. It is to be free from pride and arrogance and humble before God your Father.

Too many people do not see how easy it is to neglect this wisdom. When you get sick do you call on God first or the doctor first. Even in an emergency you can call on God first. Nehemiah was asked by King Artaxerxes, “For what dost thou make request?” Nehemiah says, “So I prayed to the God of heaven.” Then he gave his answer to the king. In that very moment Nehemiah prayed to God and then he spoke to the king. Even in the smallest moment while dialing 911 you can call upon God first; that is leaning upon Him with all your heart. That is the trust and confidence that He desires for us to have in Him.

In all that goes on in your life you can put total and complete trust in your Father with all of your heart. The word translated “acknowledge” means “to know”. When you follow wisdom’s counsel you will come to know that your confidence and trust in the providence of God in all your affairs is right and safe. You will come to have peace that will pass all understanding. You can place your requests on the altar of prayer and have confidence that God is going to do the right thing. Whether He does what we ask or not will not sway nor deter us from taking all of our concerns to Him. He knows what is best and He will always do what is right and what is best.

Learn to trust, lean upon, and acknowledge, or know, that the LORD will always do the right thing, then your Father will show you the way to go. -Preacher

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