Daily Devotional for February 19
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 8:18-21:(KJV):
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
Thought for the Day
Verses 18-20 - Whoever possesses God's wisdom will receive both honor and blessing. Portions of the church are divided on whether Christians can expect material blessings from God. The Bible clearly indicates that poverty does not come from Him; He is a God of abundance. He has never disapproved of His people receiving riches, but He is against the sins that many people embrace with wealth: greed, hoarding, and selfish indulgence.
Notice that godly wisdom brings not only wealth, but righteousness. God honors those who seek His direction for the use of their resources. Godly men look for ways to bless others and support ministers who are spreading the Gospel. They are not consumed with extravagance, but are satisfied with a modest lifestyle. The man whom God makes rich is different from the worldly rich man. The godly man trusts God, because he knows where his wealth comes from. He is aware that, but for God, he would own nothing and could lose everything if he turned away from Him (Deuteronomy 8:18). He does not consider his wealth his own and is not troubled about losing it. He acknowledges God's ownership of his wallet and his very life. Knowing that he is only a steward, he listens to the Holy Spirit to learn where his money should go. He is ready, if the Lord asks him, to give it all away.
God is a loving Father who desires to bless His people. He wants us to have the same generous heart that He does. How much should we give? We should keep some money as seed for bread, but also give some back to God for the Gospel. In the Bible, we find that God required His people to give a tithe (ten-percent, or the firstfruits) of their increase. That is a good starting point; however, the truly wealthy man will desire to give God more as he is entrusted with more. I read of a very wealthy man who gave huge sums of money to the work of the Kingdom. This man reversed God's requirement: he gave ninety-percent to God and lived on ten-percent.
Verse 21 - Some of us may be struggling to make a living. The Lord has much to say about finances and giving. We can get out of financial bondage by following His wisdom. When we give of what we have: our time, prayers, possessions and money, He has a way of meeting our needs and multiplying it back to us so that we can give again. As we help each other, we find our treasuries being filled. As God's obedient children, we receive true inheritance; not merely material things, but the treasures of heaven that cannot be bought. Only Jesus can give us faith, peace, love, joy, health and eternal life.
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear Father in heaven, how grateful I am for all you have given me. Lord, I have never lacked. Yes, I have waited before certain things have arrived that I have prayed for. They did not come in my time, but Yours. I thank you, Lord, that You have truly made us wealthy as a nation, as we compare our comforts with many in the world who do not have what we have as an Americans. I have a home, an automobile, clothes, and those wonderful appliances that wash and dry our clothes and do my dishes. This gives me more time to seek You and reach out to others. Thank you for these material blessings, Lord. I am also grateful for all the wonderful friends you have given me and my husband. Thank you for the people who pray for us and help us get the gospel out. Most of all, I am thankful for You and Your love and that my name is written in the Book of Life. I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus. Amen.
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Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 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. The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. That no flesh should glory in his presence.
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.
All bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. Never man spake like this man. Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.
Proverbs 2:6; Proverbs 3:5; James 1:5; 1 Corinthians 1:25; 1 Corinthians 1:27-29; Psalm 119:130; Psalm 119:11; Luke 4:22; John 7:46; 1 Corinthians 1:30
Ye shall hallow the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, ... and unto his family.
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs and the earth shall cast out the dead.
The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction.
Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name.
Isaiah 63:4: Leviticus 25:10; Isaiah 26:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Hosea 13:14; Jeremiah 50:34