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Bible Reading: Proverbs 22.17-21

Proverbs 22:17-21
Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; 18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready on your lips. 19 So that your trust may be in the Lord, I have taught you today, even you. 20 Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, 21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth that you may correctly answer him who sent you?

Solomon, the writer, begins a section encouraging you and I in the ways of wisdom. There are key words to help us receive the blessings of the Lord. It all begins with “hear” and “apply” in verse 17. It is not enough to simply hear words of wisdom from the best teachers and preachers. We must actively do something about the word we hear. We have to apply the teaching to our actions as our mind receive the teaching. It is in our actions that transformation excels and is made known to the world.

This wisdom is “pleasant” as our hearts abide in it and it compels us to share wisdom with others because it is “ready” on our lips (v.18). The wisdom of God is not for our salvation and transformation only. The gospel is the pleasant good news we have received for the purpose of proclamation to others. As 1 Peter 3:15 reiterates, “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence…”.

The purpose of wisdom is that our “trust” may be in the Lord alone and not in the wisdom of the world (v.19).  This trust allows us to answer YES to the question posed in verses 20-21. Read those two verses slowly and as you close your devotional prayer, say, “Yes to God”. These are the words of truth that will hold you accountable to the One; “that you may correctly answer Him who sent you”.       

Memory Verse: He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor. Proverbs 22.9