Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 20, 2017

“But they are exceedingly wise: The ants are not a strong people, But they prepare their food in the summer;”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 30:18-33.

I quote only the following two verses.

“24 Four things are small on the earth,
But they are exceedingly wise:
25 The ants are not a strong people,
But they prepare their food in the summer;”  Proverbs 30:24-25.

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“6 Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no chief,
Officer or ruler,
8 Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.”  Proverbs 6:6-8.

Preparation is wise for our financial prosperity.

But, how much more wise and important is it to prepare for our spiritual prosperity!

“For this reason you also must be ready;  for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

“Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?”  Matthew 24:44-45.

Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions gives spiritual food at the proper time through its daily devotions which quote Scriptures extensively and which proceed through the Scriptures in their order to meditate upon them.

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 1:13.

If we do not prepare by learning and understanding and believing the true grace of Scripture, then we will be prone to believe in a non-existent grace based at least partially on man’s wisdom, man’s alleged free-will, and man’s works.

But, if we prepare by diligently studying Scripture as to what it actually says about grace, rather than lazily rest on our own feelings and desires as to what grace should be, then we will understand and believe in the grace brought to us by God based on God’s wisdom, God’s will, and God’s work.

Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions focuses and summarizes what Scripture and Reformed creeds state about grace.  In a nutshell, Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions teaches that salvation is by grace alone based on God’s wisdom, will, and work alone from the beginning to the end:   from God’s “Unconditional Election”, through God’s “Limited Atonement”, through God’s “Irresistible Grace”, to God’s “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  You can learn more about these “Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation” by reading the Canons of Dordt through the link in the right margin.

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent.  For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps.  Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep.  But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom!  Come out to meet him.’  Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps.  The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’  But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too;  go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’  And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast;  and the door was shut.  Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’  But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’  Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”  Matthew 25:1-13.

Using the figurative language of this parable, the wise prepare by seeking and obtaining the oil of pure grace consisting of God’s wisdom, will, and work alone.

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