Daily Devotional for September 20
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 25:1-3 (KJV):
1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
Proverbs 25:1-3 (AMP):
1 These are also the proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a thing.
3 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the hearts and minds of kings are unsearchable.
Thought for the Day
Verse 1 - All kings have special privileges and laborers at their disposal. Solomon's scribes originally recorded the proverbs and judgments he pronounced in court. Nearly 300 years later, the servants of Solomon's descendant, King Hezekiah, found additional proverbs of Solomon's not included in his book.
Verse 2 - This verse begins the collection of Solomon's proverbs found by Hezekiah's men. God's wisdom is concealed from men, but we can search it out, even as Solomon did. However, we must commit our lives to God and study the Bible to avail ourselves of this wisdom. God hides His wisdom from those who will not apply it to their lives, but reveals it to those who search it out. "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deuteronomy 29:29).
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen" (Romans 11:33-36).
Verse 3 - Solomon was a diligent ruler who had a heart toward God. Because of his unsearchable wealth within, he accomplished many monumental projects and made his kingdom the richest in the world. He was intelligent, observant, and thoughtful. Many of his proverbs show that his father, David, instructed him as a boy and brought him up to serve God and know His ways. This gave Solomon the ability to recognize his limitations and ask God for wisdom to rule Israel. Many hidden treasures are stored within the Bible's pages for us to seek out, even as Solomon did. Studying the Bible and searching out God's wisdom will sharpen our minds. Men mine for gold and precious stones, but wisdom, mined from God's Word, is far more precious. We can glimpse God's glory by seeking Him and learning of His ways. King Solomon's proverbs were inspired by the Holy Spirit. They are God's words, part of our heavenly Father's instructions to us. "The Proverbs (truths obscurely expressed, maxims, and parables) of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight..." (Proverbs 1:1-2, AMP).
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, thank you for making the Bible accessible to us today in a way that generations before us did not have this privilege. I do appreciate the many Bible study books that make our search so much easier, and now Lord, with computers we can search for any word in the Bible and with ease find it quickly. I do appreciate these tools; however, most of all, I appreciate the Holy Spirit, who is the One who reveals the truths of the Bible to us. Lord, open my understanding to more of Your Word and give me the grace to apply those truths in my life. I do not want to be a hearer only, but a doer of the Word. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.
Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might: ... but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
Christ Jesus, ... is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.
He that winneth souls is wise.
Proverbs 3:13; Proverbs 8:35; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Proverbs 9:10; Philippians 3:7-8; Colossians 2:3; Proverbs 8:14; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Proverbs 11:30
Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. Of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.
We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
2 Corinthians 6:10; 2 Corinthians 8:9; John 1:16; Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:8; James 2:5; 1 Corinthians 1:26-27; 2 Corinthians 4:7