Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 12-31-20

Proverbs 9:8-12

Teach a wise man what is right
and he’ll grow even wiser.
Instruct the lovers of God
and they’ll learn even more.
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The starting point for acquiring wisdom
is to be consumed with awe as you worship Jehovah-God.
To receive the revelation of the Holy One,
you must come to the one who has living-understanding.
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Wisdom will extend your life,
making every year more fruitful than the one before.
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So it is to your advantage to be wise.
But to ignore the counsel of wisdom
is to invite trouble into your life.

Wisdom begins with loving, honoring, and knowing God. He created us and knows his plan for our lives. He disciplines those whom he loves, so sometimes we are going to find ourselves feeling pressed by unexpected correction. Do you learn from criticism?

In our ongoing passage from the Book of Wisdom, learning from the criticism we may receive can actually be a path to greater wisdom. We can learn from our critics; accepting this wisdom can make us more fruitful for God’s kingdom. God will always bring opportunities to grow in wisdom; so don’t ignore his counsel.

Prayer: Lord, please continue to help me build my life upon your wisdom. I hunger for the living-understanding you alone can bring to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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