The scripture for today, April 7, is Proverbs 4:7 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

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The verse just before this says, “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.” And the verse just after today’s says, “Esteem her and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.”

How do we get wisdom? The Bible is full of it. Proverbs was written by Solomon, the wisest man in the world. Just reading and applying Proverbs would give a person wisdom. And the entire Old Testament gives examples of numerous people through the centuries who did or did not do right, and the result of their decisions.

Many religious people neglect the Old Testament. It is not always pleasant reading. But by reading it, we can avoid the mistakes made by many, and perhaps gain courage to imitate the courageous one who made the right choices.

How about reading the Bible through every year? To read both the Old and New Testament through in a year would take about 20 minutes a day. Some people have read the entire Bible front to back forty or fifty times. Make this a priority in your life. It will give you wisdom.

The scripture for today, February 26, is Ecclesiastes 2:26 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

05-Inspirations-Cover-KINDLE“To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

Are we happy regardless of how much wealth we do or do not have? Do we require things in order to be happy? Solomon, who wrote the above scripture, was the wealthiest man in the world, but he found it to be meaningless, a chasing after the wind. In another place in Ecclesiastes (5:10) he said that a man loving money never has enough. Wind indeed.

Centuries later, the apostle Paul, who did not own a home or much of anything else, explained his happiness: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:11b-12).

If we can do this, then we do indeed have wisdom ~ God’s wisdom.

The scripture for today, January 30, is 1st Corinthians 1:30 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

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What is wisdom from God? Here it is spelled out. It is three things. Let’s look at it backwards. When we are redeemed from our sins, we gain God’s holiness and God’s rightness. We don’t know how to be sinless, so we cannot have righteousness and holiness on our own. But Jesus knew how, and so became sinless for us.

We cannot let what He did for us drift by. That is not wisdom. Wisdom is to follow Jesus so He can give us His sinlessness (at least in the eyes of God). What a privilege He has given to us! And how unworthy we are!

The scripture for today, November 30 (11/30), is Proverbs 11:30 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

0-Cover-KINDLE“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”

So much said in so few words. What is it to be righteous?

First, it is to become right with God. We become right with God by washing away our sins and being reborn as Christians (John 3:16, Acts 22:16, Romans 6:4-5).

Second, we stay right with God by acting righteous, bearing the right kind of fruit in our life as listed in Galatians 5:22.

love   joy   peace   patience   kindness   goodness   faithfulness   gentleness   self-control

Third, we reach out to others to save their souls. We don’t wait for them to come to us. We search them out. (Remember how Jesus came to seek and save the lost ~ Luke 19:10?) People are most receptive when they are going through a problem such as physical illness. Tell them that Jesus wants to be part of their life and help them with their problems.

Then you will be wise.

The scripture for today, November 2 (11/2) is Proverbs 11:2 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”WORSHIP THE FIRST-CENTURY WAY-COVER-KINDLE

The word, disgrace, comes from the Hebrew qalon meaning confusion. It is also translated dishonor and reproach.

Pride is so hard to control. With the church or clubs or other organizations, we think our ideas, our points of view, our ways of doing things are the right ideas views and ways. We accuse others of not cooperating if it is our ideas, views and ways they don’t go along with. It is so hard to give up our ideas views and ways for the sake of peace.

Even in doing daily business, our pride shows up. We become impatient with clerks in stores who do not help us, with other drivers on the road who are too slow for us, with people delivering things to our homes who do not deliver them right to our door, with kids throwing rocks at things that belong to us, people who try to cut in line ahead of us, fellow workers who take credit for our work, and on and on.

It is hard to sit by and let others be praised when we do better work than they do, or we work harder than they do, or they get the promotion we deserve.

How do we control our pride? Perhaps by comparing ourselves, not with others around us, but with Jesus. In the same circumstance, what did he do?

 The scripture for today, July 12 (7/12) is Revelation 7:12 in the New Testament of the Bible:

“Amen!  Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever.  Amen!”

How often do we praise God?  Praise is more than thanking Him.  Praise refers to God’s attributes.  Let’s see what these words mean in the original Greek language of the New Testament:

Glory:  magnificantly beautiful
Wisdom:  great understanding
Thanks: bestowed favour
Honor: great weight and power

God deserves all this from us.  Some people think God is ugly, He doesn’t understand them, He is against them, and is for weaklings.  Some even hate God and are repulsed at the idea of worshiping him. They just don’t know God.  

Today, will you help someone know God?

The scripture for today, July 2 (7/2), is Proverbs 7:2ff as found in the Old Testament of the Bible.

“Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.  Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.  Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister,’ and call understanding your kinsman.”

It seems, everywhere we turn, we are given differing religious opinions.  They cannot all be true, but everyone who says them seems to be so good.  They all pray and do good deeds, and never lie, cheat or steal.  But how can they all be right when they contradict each other?  Preachers and creeds and elders and dogmas.  When it comes down to it, only God’s opinion counts.  

So how do we get God’s opinion?  We look up everything in the Bible using the key word we are concerned about.  We look it up for ourselves and decide for ourselves.  We do not let other people decide for us.

Well, how do we find all those verses?  By using a concordance which is like a large dictionary listing all the words in the Bible and what verses carry those words.  It is the size of a large-city telephone book.  You can also get it on the internet free here:

http://bibletab.com/

So today look up something about Christianity you have always been curious about.  Then you’ll have wisdom, understanding, and God’s opinion.

The scripture for today, May 12 (5/12), is 1st Kings 5:12 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

“The Lord gave Solomon wisdom, just as he had promised him.”

God makes a promise of wisdom to Christians today.  James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

Amazing!  God doesn’t sit around and tell certain people, “You really messed up.  Your life is full of turmoil. Now you come to me expecting me to fix it for you.”  No, God does not throw our faults in our face.  It’s no use dwelling in the past; that is history.  He is ready and willing to provide guidance for the present and future, the now and later.

How do we know God’s wisdom?  We surely do not have to guess.  He has everything he wants us to know in his word, the Bible ~ examples of people who did and did not mess up their lives, and words of advice.  All we have to do is open it, and ask God to help us understand it and apply it.  

God promised.  And he keeps his promises.