Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 2, 2017

“My son, eat honey, for it is good, … Know that wisdom is thus for your soul”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 24:13-22.

“13 My son, eat honey, for it is good,
Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;
14 Know that wisdom is thus for your soul;
If you find it, then there will be a future,
And your hope will not be cut off.

15 Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;
Do not destroy his resting place;
16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.

17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18 Or the Lord will see it and be displeased,
And turn His anger away from him.

19 Do not fret because of evildoers
Or be envious of the wicked;
20 For there will be no future for the evil man;
The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

21 My son, fear the Lord and the king;
Do not associate with those who are given to change,
22 For their calamity will rise suddenly,
And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?”  Proverbs 24:13-22.

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Wisdom is good for our soul.  Verses 13-14.

We seek wisdom from the Book of Proverbs and the other books of the Bible.  Like we eat food every day, we read the Bible every day.  “… ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”  Matthew 4:4.

We seek wisdom in the person of Christ “…  who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption …”  1 Corinthians 1:30 “in whom (Christ) are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  Colossians 2:3.

But, although we do seek wisdom, we realize that it is God’s work that makes us find it.

God answered Job by a series of questions which pointed to His wisdom and mighty power in Job chapter 38, including that He alone gives wisdom and understanding.

“Who has put wisdom in the innermost being
Or given understanding to the mind?”  Job 38:36.

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.

“6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;  …”  Proverbs 2:6-7.

We pray “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.”  Ephesians 1:17.

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  James 1:5.


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