Bible Reading: Proverbs 14.15-25
The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps. A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is arrogant and careless. A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated. The naive inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge. The evil will bow down before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. The poor is hated even by his neighbor, but those who love the rich are many. He who despises his neighbor sins, but happy is he who is gracious to the poor. Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good. In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. The crown of the wise is their riches, but the folly of fools is foolishness. A truthful witness saves lives, but he who utters lies is treacherous.
The book of Proverbs often sets apart the differing paradigms between the wise and the foolish. Some weeks ago, in a previous devotional, I made the observation that no one seemingly desires to grow up being a fool. Perhaps the reverse is true as well. Many folks don’t grow up desiring to be a wise man, or a wise woman.
Many of us grow up with lofty ambitions. Some of us grow up wanting to be astronauts (me), while still others want to be doctors, or attorneys, or even professional ball players. Most of us though, simply settle for the normal. You know … we have regular jobs, we live in regular apartments or houses. We drive normal cars or pickups. Most of us are happy with this outcome. But isn’t there any more than that?
The answer is yes, there is more. Rather than try to be an astronaut, try instead to be wise. The Apostle Paul instructed the churches in Rome, Corinth, Colosse, and Ephesus to aspire to wisdom. Wow! If he told that many churches the same thing, we should ascribe a great deal of importance to his words. Being wise enables us to live in love and peace with those around us, both the saved and the unsaved. Being wise changes the way we look at those around us. We should be like those tightrope walkers trying to walk a high wire across Niagara Falls … this is how we should live out our lives.
So how do we become wise? James 1.5 tells us that if any of us lack wisdom, we should continually pray for it, and God will grant it with generosity. May the Good Lord grant wisdom liberally to all of us who ask.
Memory Verse: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2.9