- The Wisdom of James
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Devotion provided by Niques Francois
The Bible is full of advice on how to gain wisdom, and for our devotion today we’re going to look at 7 of those verses. Won’t you pray these verses as you read them?
1. “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.” – 1 Kings 4:29
Just as Solomon asked for wisdom to rule over God’s people, we too should ask for wisdom to make choices in our everyday lives. When we ask for wisdom, we know God will grant it onto us.
2. “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” – Job 28:28
The Bible makes it clear what wisdom is; the fear of the Lord. We are wise when we choose to serve God and we have understanding when we depart from evil. Let us then pray for God to help us to be willing to serve him and to resist temptation.
3. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
Do you know that your time on earth is limited? We only have a short time on this earth and we shouldn’t waste it. When we consider our mortality, we know that we need to make the right choices every day in order to maintain our relationship with Christ.
4. “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” – Proverbs 3:13
When God grants us wisdom and understanding, we will become more content in our decision making because we know that God is guiding us.
5. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” – Proverbs 4:7
Wisdom and understanding go hand in hand. Wisdom is the ‘know-how’ and understanding is the application. God helps us to know exactly what we need to do when he gives us wisdom, it is then our choice to put that knowledge into action.
6. “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” – Proverbs 31:26
People are going to know that you serve a mighty and intelligent God. When we rely on God’s understanding rather than our own, his light shines through us and others will know that God is working.
7. “For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.” – Ecclesiastes 7:12
Having money is great and can be a great source of gaining protection. But the difference between wisdom and money is that wisdom can preserve the life of those who fear God.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Give me wisdom.