Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotional: Proverbs 8:22-31

Prov 8:22-31

“The Lord possessed me [wisdom] at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.

When God created the earth and then daily added all of the vegetation and animals, with each progression, it is said about each that “he saw that it was good.” After the sixth day and all had been done, it says that God saw that “it was very good.” It was the wisdom of God that guided his entire creation, and this explains all of the laws of nature, the interactions of all living things and the exact predictions of the path of the heavenly bodies. Creation shows God’s wisdom!

But the point of this proverb is not the wisdom seen in God but the fact that we need wisdom as a part of our everyday lives. Just like God allowed wisdom to guide him, we need to let wisdom guide us, our decisions, and our actions.

When we let the wisdom of this world guide us, we find that it will destroy us and our happiness. James 3:14-16 “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” He then explains the benefits of the wisdom from above that gives us peace and joy. This is why he tells us to pray for wisdom and God will give it to us abundantly. We all need the wisdom that comes from his Spirit living in us.

O Lord God, give me wisdom in making decisions in every aspect of my life. Give me wisdom to know what to say, when to speak and when to be quiet. Give me wisdom to listen better. I need your wisdom to be kind in a hostile world. Give me wisdom to have patience and to wait on you. Fill me with your Spirit so that your love will be evident in my disposition. Thank you for your love for me and for all you have done for me and my family. Give our nation leaders that will respect you and follow your wisdom. I humbly pray in the name of Jesus my Lord.