Day 150

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Proverbs 8:1-10:32

Paul McLaughlin

I hope you’re enjoying reading through Proverbs so far. We’ve already had whole chapters about the priceless value of Wisdom … and the perils of her competitor, Folly in various forms. 

Today is no different, but I hope you’ll start asking yourself a couple questions as you read Proverbs today and in the days ahead:
Do I indeed hear Wisdom’s invitation? Do I really come to her house more, or to Folly’s?
And is there evidence that I got my answer to #1 right?
I suspect maybe most of us reading SOLID today would count ourselves as wiser than average. And maybe many of us are exactly right! We read Proverbs and hear the Spirit affirming His gift of Wisdom in each and every verse. Awesome! 

I confess, however, that I’m not getting 100%, and I crave what I’m missing. Read chapter 10. It’s one of those great places in the Bible that says, “Here’s how you can tell if you ….” In this case, “Here’s how you can tell if you’re wise.” To the extent that you bring joy to your father (vs. 1), then take heart: You’re wise. Or to the extent you stir up conflict (vs. 12), then pause a bit. This is one of those moments to pray for how God wants to develop you. Don’t just read the proverbs as a list of comfy platitudes, but as a time to examine and measure your life.

Finally, here’s the big test: Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” May I turn this around and challenge you? To what extent do you put the Lord in the Number 2 spot? Whenever you find yourself seeking your own will instead of His, pause a bit! That’s a sign that you might be stepping across the street from Wisdom to Folly.

Thanks to You, God, for Your gift of Wisdom. If I trust Your word, Wisdom is even more elemental than water, air, or earth. She gives life, and that’s what I want today. Amen.

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  1. Thanks for your devotion today, Paul.

    Wisdom does not exist outside of God; wisdom is an expression of His character and nature. Unlike pagan gods, God needs no outside counselor to give Him instructions. Jesus is the apex of God’s wisdom.

    Colossians 2:2-3(NIV)
    My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

    Proverbs 8:35-36 (NLT)
    For whoever finds me finds life
    and receives favor from the Lord.
    But those who miss me injure themselves.
    All who hate me love death.”

    These verses point to eternal life & death which come to us through choosing Christ or false gods & riches of this world. We are all faced with a choice that must be made!

    Proverbs 8:10-11 (NIV)
    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.

    Joshua 24:15 (NLT)
    But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

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