Daily Devotion

November 15: The Power of Wisdom

Proverbs 1:7-8  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:  

The power of God is the power of wisdom. Without God we are nothing and we have nothing. Without God you would not exist in this world today. You may claim to be a product of your parents, but it is God who made you a living soul and gave you a body to live in.

If you are saved and know Christ as your Saviour it is the power of God that saved you. That life that you now live in Christ is given by the power of God the Holy Spirit who literally dwells within your soul. You are kept safe in Christ Jesus by the power of God for ever.

You are saved to the uttermost which means you are as saved as saved can possibly be and you are saved all the way as for as you can go; it is the gift of eternal life. Eternal means it reaches into the farthest reaches of eternity which has no beginning or end; it is infinite. Eternal life begins at the moment of salvation and is the infinite existence of every born again soul beyond the experience of the death of the physical body.

The power of wisdom is the fear of the LORD our God. The word translated “fear” refers the reverence that is given to the LORD. This is the beginning of knowledge which is what wisdom is built upon. Those who reject the knowledge of a holy Creator, the God of the universe, the God of all that is living and life, are “fools”.

The word “fools” here means perverse; they are twisted and distorted in their thinking because they refuse and reject true wisdom. The foolishness of rejecting God has caused man to create his own beginnings through the perverse teachings of evolution which corrupts all of modern public education. It leaves students without the knowledge of or a fear of Jehovah God. Only by reverencing and respecting the Majesty of the Almighty Infinite God of all Creation can true education and knowledge be developed.

They also despise “instruction” which in this verse is speaking of the chastening, correcting, and reproof of the Lord to instill discipline. In many families today there is such a degrading of moral and godly principle that most children do not receive proper godly instruction from their parents about the issues of life. They lack the proper knowledge and experiences to give them the wisdom they need to live right. They do not have the discipline, the obedience, or the principle of righteousness instilled in them because it is lacking in their preceding generations.

We as Christians are to spread the Gospel and bring others to Christ and get them baptized. But it does not stop there. You must spend time with that person to help them learn the ways of Christianity. You must instruct them in the things of God’s Word. You must instill within that person knowledge, discipline, obedience, and the principle of righteousness. You must be the mentor or “spiritual parent” that they need to train them up in the way that they should live.

Learn it, love it, live it, and then go out and give it. –Preacher

November 14: The Pursuit of Wisdom

Proverbs 1:5-6  A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 

Wisdom is not cheap, easy, or free. It comes from pursuit which requires given effort to attain. “A wise man will hear.” The word “wise” means “intelligent, skillful, or artful”. Webster defines wise as “having knowledge; hence, having the power of discerning and judging correctly.” It means that a person has God-given common sense or good sense.

A person with good sense will “hear” instruction. The word “hear” in this verse means “to hear intelligently”. This means that a person who will “hear” is a person that will listen and give attention. The implication is to listen with an open and receptive heart to receive and apply wise instruction.

A person who is wise will “increase learning” which means “to add or augment through continuation”. A person may have finished formal education, and many may never go beyond that formal instruction, but a wise person will continue to learn and grow in understanding.  Learning should never end, especially for a Christian. You will never learn or know all that there is for a Christian to know, but you must continue to read, study, and meditate upon the Word of God every day that He gives you.

If you truly seek to be wise then you must look for the counsel of wise people. For a Christian “wise counsels” are those people who read, study, and meditate upon God’s Word every day. They do these things so that they may have a closer and more intimate walk with the Lord. Many believe the Bible, teach the Bible, and those who are called may preach the Bible, but the truly “wise counsels” are those who put the Bible into practice in their daily living. They love and live what they learn.

If you truly want to be wise you will seek counsel from those Spirit-filled people who walk with the Lord, who are yielded and filled with His Spirit, and who are constantly in the Word to learn more of the Lord and His ways. These “wise counsels” do not just learn to show what they know to others, they learn because they love the Master Teacher and His Holy Counselor, and desire to love and invest in the lives of others.

Your quest for wisdom will lead you to search out and understand the principles of the Bible. It requires faithful daily time with God to have a greater understanding of Him. When you do not understand something and you seek to understand through study, prayer, and meditation, God will reveal things to you. You will increase in wisdom as you sacrifice to spend time searching out the things of God in His Word.

There will be times when it is hard to study. There will be times when study and meditation will seem a tedious bore. But wisdom will prevail and the wise at heart will continue and overcome the hardships, the tedious hurdles, and difficult times of study.

It takes work to build godly wisdom but it will also take time. God will give wisdom to those who ask for it, but it requires that you be willing to spend time with Him. He gives you wisdom so that you may find joy in searching, cultivating, and working for knowledge and understanding. With this knowledge and understanding you will gain the wisdom to apply it. When you love and live what you learn you will become a wise counselor for those who are coming along behind you. –Preacher