Christian Devotional – September 14, 2019

Everything. Our wisdom, or lack thereof, impacts absolutely every area of our life. In everything that we do, if we are being wise, we will see the results of that. However, if we are acting foolishly, that will also be just as evident. Read Proverbs 13.

Daily Life – Proverbs 13:1-10

A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. From the fruit of a man’s mouth he enjoys good, But the desire of the treacherous is violence. The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat. A righteous man hates falsehood, But a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully. Righteousness guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness subverts the sinner. There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth. The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, But the poor hears no rebuke. The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked goes out. Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.
Proverbs 13:1‭-‬10 NASB

The way we live our daily life matters. If we are constantly running around acting in a way it’s not true, then we are acting without integrity and without wisdom. Can we describe our life to others in such a way that we display God’s wisdom at work?

The Results – Proverbs 13:11-16

Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life. The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded. The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death. Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard. Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly.
Proverbs 13:11‭-‬16 NASB

If we are acting without wisdom, then the things that we experience in this life will dwindle. We cannot continue to maintain the gains that have been made without wisdom. The Bible explains that we will see the fruit of our labor, and if that labor has not been there, then neither will the fruit. What will our labor today produce?

It All Falls Apart – Proverbs 13:17-25

A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing. Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored. Desire realized is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil. He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm. Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, But it is swept away by injustice. He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently. The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in need.
Proverbs 13:17‭-‬25 NASB

If we are not acting with wisdom, then we should not expect to maintain the gains or the positives in this world. And, our legacy with our children will be lost. Or, at the very least, will be a legacy of poor choices and poor decisions. How do we want to be remembered? What legacy are we leaving for our children? Whether we act in wisdom or without wisdom will be a huge determining factor in what that legacy looks like. Will we make the choice to be wise today so that we gain the rewards both for us and for our children?

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