Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 8
Verse 34: “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.”
Today’s Proverb speaks of wisdom; nothing new, right? Isn’t that the point and purpose of Proverbs? Isn’t that what a “proverb” is? The book doesn’t just load us with words of wisdom; it tells us what wisdom is and what its priority in a person’s life should be. Today’s “gold nugget” says, “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.” In other words, better off will a man be if he makes it a daily objective to seek and gain wisdom. It isn’t just an occasional observation or casual consumption of knowledge and wisdom. It’s expected that we would pursue wisdom continually. As mentioned in previous devotions, wisdom is likened unto a woman, rubies, gold and silver. That is to say, it isn’t something experienced just once. When you met your spouse, that first date was not the beginning and end. As you grew together you grew closer and closer. Going more than a few days without their fellowship would bring us to a place of missing her/him. We want a continual, daily fellowship with them. It’s just the same with wisdom. We should be ever longing for a more intimate relationship with wisdom. Also, likened unto wisdom, money is something we all seek continual access to. Even though we don’t love money, all of us realize the continual need for it in our lives. Even while young, it is suggested that we gain enough while we are still in a position to earn it and hold on to enough to keep us when we are older. Hmm… not that much different than wisdom. Again, today’s “gold nugget” illustrates our need to rise everyday seeking her (wisdom)… watching at her gates, waiting at her door. How do we apply this literally? Seeking the wisdom that comes from God’s Word on a daily basis is what He expects from us. We should be watching at His gates and waiting at His door by plunging into the bible looking for wisdom from Him.
Lord, your Word says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5). Help us to stand on this scripture and have the faith and desire to gain wisdom through study and obedience. Amen
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