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."
Reflection: What an amazing thing! God, the Creator of the Universe offers you the ability to have wisdom. Do you know what you need to do? Ask! Wow! What an amazing and incredible God! The writer of Proverbs knew that getting wisdom and understanding were essential and stated, "That you may answer words of truth to those who send to you?"
Application: Dear Christian, are you studying to show yourself approved? It is a worthy cause not only for your own benefit, but also for being prepared for those who may ask you for your insight and Biblical counsel on a particular matter. Turn in your Bible to James 1 and then read a Proverb based on the number of the day of the month and strive to keep on reading one each day.
The New King James Version. 1982 (Jas 1:5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson. Ibid., (Pr 22:21).
"But Your servant meditates on Your statutes. Your testimonies also are my delight And my counselors."
Reflection: David knew the value of God's Word. Since David was stated as being a "man after My [God's] own heart" (Acts 13:22) and he shared that the testimonies of the Lord was a place where he found "delight" and counsel, then where should we be too? Considering the counsel of the wise king Solomon is within the Bible and David as the "man after God's own heart" is within the pages, consider how amazing the counsel of these early writers has been given to us.
Application: Are you reading things that bring you closer to God and focused on Spiritual growth? Nothing on earth can make you grow like feeding on God's Word. Peter said to "desire the pure milke of the word that you may grow thereby" (1 Peter 2:2). Looking for counsel on how to deal with specific issues in your own life? Try using a topical Bible to look up subjects and receive wise Biblical counseling. Dig in and grow!
The New King James Version. 1982 (Ps 119:23–24). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
"Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge."
Reflection: It has been described by others who have said the only way to know if a board is crooked, is to lay a straight board next to it. We all need a moral compass, a straight source of truth which we can lay up next to our own lives and see how we are doing. Looking into the book of Proverbs gives us the knowledge of everyday life and activity with some helpful application with which we can understand better our way.
Application: Consider carefully reading a chapter a day from the book of Proverbs. Whatever day in the month it is, read that chapter in Proverbs. Strive to keep doing this daily and the Word of God will be your "words of knowledge."
The New King James Version. 1982 (Pr 19:27). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
"A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."
Reflection: To have friends, one can be friendly to others. Simple acts of kindness, thoughtfulness, and help shown towards others can open the door to opportunities for friendship. Even in the sense of desiring to have earthly friends, Christians can know that Jesus is the ultimate Friend and the One Friend who be closer to you than any other friend.
Application: How about going and being friendly to someone else. Is there a burden you can share that someone else is carrying? Jesus Christ lived the law of love and we can love others by helping to carry their burdens and being friendly.
The New King James Version. 1982 (Pr 18:24). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Better is aa dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.
Reflection: You could have a home is full of many blessings and activity. You could have the latest and greatest and be active and busy, but still have all kinds of turmoil in your life. You could have many friends and relatives and yet have much contention and difficulty.
Application: If you are feeling lonely, you can rejoice and enjoy solitude and consider the alternative that it would even be better to have solitude than to be surrounded with people, food, and activities, and be without the blessing of having quiet moments. Are you currently surrounded by activity and wondering where to go? Make time to get alone with God and seek His face. It may even be in the bathroom, but everyone needs time alone. Call out to Jesus Christ, the only One who is acquainted with all that you are going through right now.
The New King James Version. 1982 (Pr 17:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
"For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
Reflection: When brothers and sisters in the Lord get together, the Lord is there. What an amazing thing to consider that just by the act of fellowship and being together, the Lord Himself is in their presence. Later in the book of Hebrews it says, "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 snot forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and tso much the more as you see uthe Day approaching." Heb. 10:24-25
Application: Are you fellowshipping with other believers? If you are a Christian, you need to be? Pray and ask God where He might have you to worship and lead you to a Bible believing and Bible teaching Church where there is a body of believers with which you can fellowship.
The New King James Version. 1982 (Mt 18:20). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
Reflection: At the moment when Jesus was being transfigured on top of the mountain and a great spectacle was before their eyes, the Bible includes the words of Peter where in a moment of bewilderment and amazement, he says something that didn't fit in the big picture of what Jesus Christ had come to do here on earth.
Application: Have you said something that just wasn't appropriate and rashly in a stressful moment? Have you said something you wished you would not have said? Be encouraged by the words of Peter who also responded under stress with something that didn't make much sense. Peter would become the Rock upon which Jesus Christ would build His Church.
The New King James Version. 1982 (Mt 17:4). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
"He who walks with wise men will be wise, "
Reflection: The wise king Solomon instructs us on the wisdom of walking with others who are wise. What we are filling our minds with in terms of outside influences is an important consideration for any person seeking to grow in wisdom and godliness. In the same way it is good for a machine to take in good fuel, the same can be said of our minds.
Application: Where are you walking today? Are you surrounded by other wise people? If not, seek to move in a direction toward wisdom. You can begin with the book of Proverbs as a source of wisdom right now. Are your friends people who are seeking wisdom also?
The New King James Version. 1982 (Pr 13:20). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
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