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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

"The Principal Thing"

For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:6


     Wisdom has nothing to do with IQ or education. It is a matter of spiritual and moral understanding. It has to do with character and values. Really, it is looking at the world through God’s eyes. Wisdom is mentioned at least 125 times in the book of Proverbs, because God wants us to acquire and apply His mind to all of our decisions. Proverbs deals with some of life’s most difficult questions, and shows the results of those who refused God’s instruction, and those that applied it. Our success or failure in this life will be determined directly by what we do with wisdom. For this reason it is called the “principal thing” (Prov. 4:7).

One of the world’s richest men spoke these words from his death bed: “I would trade all my wealth to have had one of my marriages to succeed.” He had been married six times, and each marriage had failed! Why? Because many people have been smart enough to become rich and famous, but not wise enough to make a successful and satisfying life. It is one thing to make a living, but an entirely different thing to make a life. If you want to make a successful and satisfying life, then you must seek the divine principles that make us skillful.

Wise people possess the honesty and courage to face life.  Foolish or simple people refuse to face their problems honestly, but rather seek to hide from them or worse yet, blame others. God’s wisdom gives us the ability to use knowledge to grasp the meaning of a situation and understand what to do and how to do it in the right way, at the right time! Wisdom gives us the ability to deal with adversity successfully so that we can grow in the Lord and glorify God.

Wisdom keeps us in harmony with the principles of the Word of God. Also, these same principles were built into the world. If we walk in wisdom, then we can expect everything to work for us and not against us. Of course, the world system is against these principles of God, but nature itself is in harmony with them. For instance, the sowing and reaping principle cannot be undone. It is a principle that God has built into the world. Wisdom keeps us in step with all of God’s principles and ultimately makes our way prosperous. Men such as Daniel, Joseph, and Moses were wise men in ungodly places, and they lived successfully in spite of adversity.

If you lack wisdom, or simply desire to have more of God’s mind in your life, pray for it. God had promised that any prayer for wisdom will be heard and answered. He wants you to know His mind and His will more than you would desire to know it. The request for wisdom will be answered liberally and without rebuke. May each of us take God at His Word right this very minute, and ask Him for a heart full of wisdom!

Study verses - Proverbs 1,2,8,9; James 1:5,6; Luke 2:52  

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Previous devotions

The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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