A short devotional on Proverbs 8:32-36. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Monday, June 8, 2020
As we journey through Proverbs we are in chapter 8 today. Like yesterday, the whole chapter is on one topic. But weighing in at 36 verses I will not read it all.
Basically, it is an Ode to wisdom. It explains how important wisdom is, even being there when God created the world, and how anyone who seeks wisdom can have her.
Wisdom is personified as a woman here, calling out to make anyone wise who wants to be wise. The ode ends with these five verses as the woman wisdom is talking.
32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”
Although not every person in this world is blessed with the same opportunities, we each have the choice to seek wisdom to make good decisions and improve our lot in life, or not bother and suffer the consequences.
It takes work to seek out wisdom to make good decisions. And it takes humility to realize there are those around us who know more than us about certain subjects.
But Proverbs 8 and many other places in the Bible say it's worth the effort.
"For those who find her find life, and receive favor from the Lord."
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow