Christian Devotional – September 15, 2019

The character of wisdom. What does wisdom look like, sound like, act like? Read Proverbs 14.

What Wisdom looks like – Proverbs 14:1-12

The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands. He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord , But he who is devious in his ways despises Him. In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise will protect them. Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. A trustworthy witness will not lie, But a false witness utters lies. A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding. Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge. The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit. Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will. The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy. The house of the wicked will be destroyed, But the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
Proverbs 14:1‭-‬12 NASB

The actions of wisdom are easily discernible. When we look at other people around us we can see through their actions and easily tell whether or not they made those actions as a result of wisdom or foolishness. It can be much harder to look at our own actions and make that same decision. However, if we are going to live our life in wisdom, we must find a way to self assess the wisdom of our own actions. Are we willing to change our action so that the long term results bring wisdom and not foolishness?

What Wisdom Sounds like – Proverbs 14:13-25

Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief. The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied with his. The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps. A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless. A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated. The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge. The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous. The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many. He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor. Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good. In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty. The crown of the wise is their riches, But the folly of fools is foolishness. A truthful witness saves lives, But he who utters lies is treacherous.
Proverbs 14:13‭-‬25 NASB

The sound of wisdom may not always be what we expected to be. People who are wise understand that life is a mixture of all emotions and that there will be some things that make us sad that are absolutely necessary. Wisdom helps us understand that kindness and speaking words of encouragement is always wise, even if we don’t receive those same words in return. Do we sound wise in what we say? Are we speaking out of wisdom?

The Actions of Wisdom – Proverbs 14:26-35

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death. In a multitude of people is a king’s glory, But in the dearth of people is a prince’s ruin. He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. A tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is rottenness to the bones. He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him. The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing, But the righteous has a refuge when he dies. Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, But in the hearts of fools it is made known. Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people. The king’s favor is toward a servant who acts wisely, But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.
Proverbs 14:26‭-‬35 NASB

Thoughtful, insightful, even keeled. These are the actions that we tended to think of when we think of someone who is wise. They recognize that quick reactions and responses do not give the results that wisdom is seeking. Are we reacting to situations that come up? Do we take the time to think through and to follow these actions listed in these verses? If we were following these verses, what what our life look like?

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