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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.

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

We meet a lot of different people and there will always be some we like better than others.  But in our walk with the Lord, we need to not treat one better than another.

SHOWS NO FAVOURITISM

I will always remember a place where I spent a week the summer after my first year of Bible School.  We were doing VBS every day and there were special meetings in the evening.  It was a great week and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.  But one thing that stands out in my memory was the way the seats were arranged in the sanctuary.  Off on one side away from the rest were two chairs. These were reserved for a mother and her daughter who were a little bit different.  They were not dressed like others in the church, and from all appearances came from the poorer section of town.  I remember asking why and being told it was because the rest of the people had sensitive noses, so these two were seated apart.

I am not telling this to be critical of the church there, I probably was just as bothered with the odor as anyone else, and I regret to say that I did not reach out to these two as near as I can remember.  Looking back, I wish I had.  I guess this was a time I neglected to ask God for wisdom, but I am sure if I had, He would have told me to befriend them.

In God’s sight we are all the same, rich or poor, young or old, ugly or pretty.  Someone has said, “the ground is always level at the cross.”  Looking back over my life, I realize that as children we were considered from a poor family, but I am glad that God in His wisdom, sent someone to reach out to us and bring us the message of salvation.  He has no favourites.

For our last devotion tomorrow, let’s consider Sincerity.

Prayer:  Jesus, you love us all the same, you care for us and you desire that we will be loving and kind to everyone, not just the people we like the best.

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So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.Psalm 90:12.

Time is no respecter of persons. It has no judgment on age, gender, profession, or social status. Each day we are given equal measures of 24 hours, which breaks down to 1,440 minutes—86,400 seconds.

What will you do with it?

One day we will be held accountable for the time God has gifted us and I desire to be a good steward of each minute. However, becoming busy and overwhelmed with tasks is not the answer to productivity. Sometimes it is in the simple and quiet moments we spend with God that becomes so vital to accomplishing His purpose.

What is something small you can do today that will get you one step closer to your dream? Your calling? Your life’s mission?

I encourage you to write down specific goals—God dreams—and then create a plan regarding the things you need to complete each day to get you one step closer.

Each day matters.
Each moment matters.
You matter!

Prayer: Lord, thank You for giving me another day to worship You. Just as Your word directs, I pray that You would teach me to number each day—I desire Your wisdom. I do not want to squander the time You have gifted me, so I pray You will help me fulfill what You are calling me to achieve. In Jesus name. Amen.