Daily Devotional for September 2
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 24:3-4 (KJV):
3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Proverbs 24:3-4 (AMP):
3 Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established (on a sound and good foundation).
4 And by knowledge shall its chambers (of every area) be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Thought for the Day
These verses in Proverbs tell us that through wisdom, knowledge and understanding, we can lay a proper foundation for our lives. God said in Hosea 4:6a: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." Many of God's people are destroyed because they are ignorant of His ways. Proverbs mentions "wisdom" over fifty times. The Bible tells us why we are here, and what our purpose in life is. Life does not make sense until we find God and begin to understand His ways. Trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior gives our lives the only sure foundation there is. As we follow Him daily, we build solidly on that foundation.
To illustrate this truth, we can liken it to a manufacturer who includes an instruction book with his product. For best results, we must follow the operation instructions. God is the manufacturer who gave us the Bible as an instruction book. The operation of a steam iron can illustrate this principle. If we buy a steam iron, we must read the instruction book for it to work properly, or we could scorch or burn the item we intended to press. First, the iron must be plugged in. That is the foundational principle. It will not work until that is done. Then, water must be poured into the iron in the proper amount. After that, the gauge on the iron must be set for the proper temperature for the proper fabric. Only then can the iron be used properly to achieve the proper results.
God is our "manufacturer." He gave us life, but life without Him is like having an iron without the proper instructions to use it. Upon accepting Christ, we are given a new life that comes with a new instruction manual - the Bible. To live wisely, we must study and practice the truths of this new manual. An iron is useless unless plugged in and turned on. We must nourish and cultivate a living relationship with God, without whom we can do nothing. A steam iron must constantly be filled with water, and we must constantly be filled with the Holy Spirit who instructs and empowers us. An iron has a temperature gauge to handle both the toughest and most delicate fabrics, and in the same way the Holy Spirit gives us wisdom for every situation in life.
Accepting Christ as Savior and knowing what the Bible says is not enough to make us overcomers in life. Every day we must spend time with God, and live according to what we learn. As we do this, we gain wisdom to build sound lives and families. As a mansion is filled with fine furnishings and art, knowledge of God and His Word fills every part of our lives with riches such as love, joy, peace, righteousness, physical healing, soundness of mind, and material provision as needed. It enriches every area of life: marriage, business, and all endeavors.
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, thank you for showing us how to live in this life through Your Word. Lord, help me to give more attention to the Bible, instead of the many things that the world is saying. Lord, help me to hide Your Word in my heart so that I do not sin against You. I desire to have Your wisdom in every area of my life. Lord, open my understanding to Your Word so that I might do the right things and avoid the wrong things that create problems in my life. May Your wisdom prevail in my life, my home and my business, so that You will be glorified in all that I do. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
The trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Psalm 27:14; Isaiah 40:28-29; Isaiah 41:10; Isaiah 25:4; James 1:3-4; Hebrews 10:35-36
The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Rest in the Lord. He that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works.
Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace. That ... we be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.
I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
Psalm 23:2; Isaiah 57:20-21; Matthew 11:28; Psalm37:7; Hebrews 4:10; Hebrews 13:9; Ephesians 4:14-15; Song of Solomon 2:3-4