When we have repented and turned our way from evil, wisdom should tell us to walk away from temptation that can lead us back into sin. Psalm 125:3 says, The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil. Once we have entered into righteousness, let us be smart enough to stay away from the triggers reminding us of our sin and the things that could lead us back into sin. We should be diligent to ask God for his protection from temptation and the strength to stay away. Let us fill out time, hearts, and desire with the things that please God and have an impact on the eternal.
When we acknowledge God as our true source of wisdom we become truly wise. Without God, our foundation is shaky and are likely to make mistakes and foolish choices. Psalm 111:10 says, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise. “Fear” in this passage means reverence or respect for God’s authority. Too often people think they can gain wisdom from life experiences and academics alone. But without God’s wisdom in our lives, we skip an important step and fail to take advantage of the true source of all wisdom.
Today is my oldest daughter’s birthday; she turns 20 today. I will be 50 this year and my mom turned 87 a couple months backs. Where does the time go? While 20 seems like the just the beginning, time seems to accelerate the older we get. Psalm 90:10 says, The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Let us not waste our time here on earth. The span of our life is not guaranteed, so we should make the most of the time we have to impact lives for eternity. We are God’s hands and feet if we truly commit to be used by him. Let us not reach the end of your time here on earth and look back with regret.
Psalm 72 was written by Solomon as a prayer to God to help his son prepare as the heir of the king’s thrown. In Psalm 72:1 Solomon begins with, Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. This verse is not just applicable to a royal leader, but to all of us. May God give us all the righteous needed to be used by Him for justice in His perfect plan. This is especially true for our leaders. Let us never forget to pray for the righteous of our leaders.
If we want to be wise, we must not allow ourselves to be influenced by the unwise. The same thing goes for righteousness; if we want to be righteous, then we must avoid being influenced by those who do not see anything wrong with the sin in their lives. The very first verse in book of Psalm says: (Psalm 1:1) Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. Blessed are those of us who can avoid the influence of people who do not add value to our spiritual lives, which in turn affect our lives as a whole.
As a society we give to much value to physical beauty; but true beauty comes from the inside. Proverbs 31:30 says, Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who loves the Lord, and because of that Love and relationship with Him, has unquestionable character and integrity. We need to reevaluate our societal standards and give respect and honor to the things that matter. Physical beauty will only go so far and will not last forever, but our love of God lasts for eternity.
There is strength that comes from being around good people. Proverbs 27:17 says, As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Healthy challenge and encouragement from like-minded people can be more valuable than vast amounts of knowledge. Look for people to surround you who can pour strength and wisdom into your life.
The job of a parent is not to make all decisions for their children, it is to raise them to make good decisions for themselves. Proverbs 22:6 says: Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Raising children is more about leading and less about dictating them. If we do a good job leading them, they will remember the right and good paths throughout their lives.
Proverbs 17:28 is a timely verse for this political season: Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue. There are too many people arguing over who is the lesser of two evils. When evil is defended, foolishness and deceit is displayed.
This world tends to value the wrong things more and more each day. It likes to compare each person based on material possessions, or at least the perception of wealth. But Proverbs 16:16 explains what is really important: How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! You cannot take material possessions into eternity, but you can take the impact you have on others with the legacy you leave behind. Let us all work towards having and sharing wisdom above all else in order to bring others closer to God and bring glory to Him.