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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Wisdom comes in two ways: It is a God-given gift and also the result of an energetic search. Wisdom’s starting point is God and his revealed Word, the source of “knowledge and understanding.” In that sense, wisdom is his gift to us. But he gives it only to those who earnestly seek it. But because God’s wisdom is hidden from the rebellious and foolish, it takes effort to find it and use it. The pathway to wisdom is strenuous. When we are on the path, we discover the true wisdom is God’s and that he will guide us and reward our sincere and persistent search.
God gives wisdom and victory to the godly but not to those drifting through life or acting irresponsibly with his gifts and resources. If we are faithful to him and keep our purpose in life clearly in mind, he will keep us from pride and greed.
We gain wisdom through a constant process of growing. First, we must trust and honor God. Second, we must realize that the Bible reveals God’s wisdom to us. Third, we must make a life-long series of right choices and avoid moral pitfalls. Fourth, when we make sinful choices or mistakes, we must learn from our errors and recover. People don’t develop all aspects of wisdom at once. For example, some people have more insight than discretion; others have more knowledge than common sense. But we can pray for all aspects of wisdom and take the steps to develop them in our life. (NLT)
Proverbs 2:1-11 – My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of justice and protects those who are faithful to him.
Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will know how to find the right course of action every time. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise planning will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.
In all your ways submit to [the Lord], and he will make your paths straight. — Proverbs 3:6 (NIV)
Robert C. Miller (Pennsylvania) titled his story “MAN IN THE TOWER;” here is a portion of Robert’s story:
“When my children were younger, they looked forward to the challenge of a large corn maze at a local farm. . .
“Our lives are not unlike a large maze, requiring us to make many choices and decisions. We may begin our life’s journey with a false sense of confidence in our own ability to navigate — only to discover the dead ends of failed relationships, unforeseen career changes, betrayal, or illness. Times like these require us to retrace our steps and turn to Christ who can heal our pain and renew our strength to press on toward joyful living. When we are lost, we can look to Jesus, the ‘man in the tower’ always at watch, and say, ‘Show me the way!'”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When our life comes to a dead end, Jesus shows us the way out.
Prayer: Gracious God, when the road we walk seems dark, confusing and hopeless, grant us the courage to press on toward the eternal reward you promise for each of us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE FACED WITH A DIFFICULT LIFE DECISION
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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