Sunday Devotional: Proverbs 1:1-7

“The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
For learning what wisdom and discipline are;
for understanding insightful sayings;
for receiving wise instruction
in righteousness, justice, and integrity;
for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced,
knowledge and discretion to a young man—
a wise man will listen and increase his learning,
and a discerning man will obtain guidance—
for understanding a proverb or a parable,
the words of the wise, and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:1-7)

Solomon, King of Israel and son of King David, wrote these words here that are applicable to this day.  Solomon was regarded as the wisest man who ever lived.  He knew that ultimate wisdom and knowledge comes from the Lord.  He knew that truth, righteousness, justice and integrity comes from the Lord.  And he knew that to grow in those things comes from the Lord.

Today, we should learn from Solomon.  We should seek out learning from the Lord.  We should grow in our honoring of the Lord in our words and actions.  We should seek righteousness, justice, integrity, knowledge, learning.  We should listen and hear from the Lord and then do what He says.

This week, let us seek after the Lord.  Let us listen and follow Him and grow in wisdom and love.

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Sunday Devotional: Jeremiah 9:23-24

“Thus says the Lord:  “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24

In this passage, God is speaking to the people of Judah through the prophet Jeremiah.  He makes it clear that if there should be any boasting, it should be in knowing where the truth, the power and the riches truly come.  They come from the Lord.  What we should boast in is having a relationship with God, in knowing the one who is righteous and just.

What do we put our trust in?  Or to tie to the text, what do we boast in?  Do we boast in our knowledge?  Do we boast in our strength?  Do we boast in our wealth/possessions?  Or do we boast in the Lord?  It’s great to have knowledge, it’s great to be healthy and strong, it’s great to have money and possessions.  But it’s not great to make that the focal point, to boast about those things.

To have a personal relationship with God, now that’s something to boast about.