Daily Devotional for February 24
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 9:10-12:(KJV):
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
Thought for the Day
Verse 10 - The first step in obtaining wisdom is having a reverent fear of God. To understand life and why man was placed on the earth, we must first know the God who created all things. Knowing God leads to understanding in everything else. "The knowledge of the holy," is gained by studying the Bible. This understanding is imparted to us as we surrender our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. When we are born again, we are given the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. Our understanding and relationship with God grows as we study the Bible and obey Jesus' commands.
Verse 11 - If we walk in God's wisdom by applying what the Bible teaches to our lives, we are promised certain blessings. One is that "our days shall be multiplied" and the years of our lives increased. The word multiply in Hebrew can mean "to enlarge." One might say that our days and years will be more profitable. It is amazing what we can do in a day by giving it to the Lord. We are able to accomplish things that would be impossible without His help and strength. When our priorities are focused on Him, our days and years bear much fruit for His Kingdom.
Many people look back on their lives with remorse, feeling they were wasted. They do not have anything to show for their contribution to the world, nor do they have many heavenly rewards to look forward to. If we wisely serve the Lord, we will not find ourselves in that state. At the end of our lives, when it is time to meet the Master, we can look forward to a greeting like that of Matthew 25:23: "Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
Verse 12 - Wisdom has its own reward. If we scorn it, we only hurt ourselves. God gave us free will. He will not force us to make the right choices. What we do with our lives is our own decision. If we ignore God and His wisdom, we will suffer the consequences and reap what we sow. However, on the positive side, if we yield to the will God and ask for His help to lead a righteous life that is full of wisdom, He will grant our request. As we follow and obey Him, He will bless us, fulfilling the promises He has given in the Bible.
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, our greatest wealth is having Your blessings. You give us so many things that the world does not have. As Your children, we are promised peace in the storm, provision when we have nothing, love for those who persecute us, joy in the face of grief, forgiveness for our sins and so many more promises. Today, I am grateful for all of Your blessings. Help me to be a blessing to those around me. Give me Your compassion for those who persecute me. Lord, help me remain strong in the faith for all things I am believing You for; especially remember our family members who have strayed away from You. Forgive them and draw them back to Your side with Your cords of love. Thank you for saving me and healing me. Remember those that I daily keep on my prayer list and meet their needs this day. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Ye have not, because ye ask not.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. Ye shall ask in my name; and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: for the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me. Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Ezekiel 36:37; James 4:2; Matthew 7:7-8; 1 John 5:14-15; James 1:5; Psalm 81:10; Luke 18:1; Psalm 34:15-17; John 16:26-27; John 16:24
I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. O Lord, thou art our father, we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.
Righteous art thou, O Lord, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments.
He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.
Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Job 2:10; Psalm 119:75; Isaiah 64:8; 1 Samuel 3:18; Jeremiah 12:1; Malachi 3:3; Hebrews 12:6; Matthew 10:25; Hebrews 5:8; 1 Peter 4:13; Revelation 7:14