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1 My child, listen to what I say,and treasure my commands.

Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.

Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.

Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.

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.

Proverbs 2:1-6

We live in a world where everyone believes that they are right, and people struggle to admit when they are wrong. I’ll be honest, I don’t like being wrong, and it unfortunately happens a lot.

It’s important though that we are able to admit when we are struggling with understanding something and that we may be wrong. That doesn’t make us weak, it actually makes us strong.

When we are able to say “God, I’m struggling to understand this truth from your word” Or “I think I may have reacted badly in that situation” we are giving God permission to lead us.

The scripture above tells us a few things we need to do regarding wisdom and understanding.

First is we need to listen to God’s voice and treasure his commands. Drown out the noise of the world, and concentrate on what he is speaking into your life. Treasure, study and apply the bible, for he speaks through his inspired word! 

Second, we need to turn our ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding. We need to listen to wisdom, and we need to think about what we think about. Be aware of what you have your ears turned to, if it’s nothing that beneficial for you, then turn your ears to something that is.

Third, we need to cry out for insight and and ask for understanding. Ask God to help you to discern what is really going on in a situation and ask for help. It’s okay to admit that you don’t understand and you need his guidance.

We need to search for all these things as we would search for hidden treasure and then we will understand what it is to fear the Lord. He will grant you wisdom if you ask for it! He never wants you to be confused and lead astray by anything that is false and contrary to his word.

If you continue reading the rest of Proverbs chapter two you will see that there is safety and protection found in having wisdom and understanding. How amazing is that? 

God, I ask today that you would grant me wisdom. Help me to better understand your word, your plan for my life and what is going on around me.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

I read an interesting quote a few days ago, and even though I don’t know who the person was who said it originally, I felt it was something worth sharing.

“If you can trust a puzzle company to make sure every piece is in the box to
complete the puzzle, then why can’t you trust God that every piece of your life
is there for a reason?”

I remember when my husband passed away a few years ago that there were lots of questions as to why this happened. We had shared many good years together, our children were now all grown and out on their own, and we were enjoying our time together. But the Lord impressed upon me that if I could not trust that this was part of His will for my life, then how could I trust Him that anything else was His will. I missed my husband terribly, but the Lord gave me peace. Now as I look back at the years I have spent alone, I am so thankful that the Lord has always been there for me, guiding my steps.

A few months ago, I was praying about a situation, and asking the Lord to do certain things, when I felt the Lord speak to me and tell me that He was in control and I could just leave it with Him, because He was working all things out in His own time. I was just to continue praying for His will to be done and then leave the details with Him.

There is such a peace when we trust the Lord completely, acknowledge Him in everything we do, and know that everything that comes into our life is part of His plan, and that He will always be there for us.

Prayer: Jesus, this is the day that you have made, we trust every moment of it into your hands, knowing that you will direct our path.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

“Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee. Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.” Job 13:20-21

Job had been suffering not only from physical pain, but from the pain of losing his children and his possessions. This prayer that he offered to God asked for two things: that the Lord would always be there for Him, and that He would take away his fear.

Many people going through times of suffering and loss blame God for their troubles. They think that God has forsaken them, and they are afraid to even pray and ask God for help. Job realized that even though he had lost almost everything, it was important that he not lose his faith in God. Even though he did not understand why God was allowing all these troubles, He knew that God was in control and if he could depend on the Lord being with him, somehow things would work out for the best.

Sometimes we face things in our lives that we cannot understand, and that is the time that we need to pray Job’s prayer, asking God to never leave us and to take away all fear. He is faithful and will never allow us to face anything that He does not give us strength to face.

Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for your faithfulness and your promise never to leave us nor forsake us.

Devotion by Anne Johnston