Thoughts to live by

“Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.”  Proverbs 15:33.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Proverbs 13-15, and Romans 11.

It looks like two different thoughts to me as are found in many of the verses in Proverbs.

Both parts of this verse are filled with essential advice for the believer in the Good News.

Good News?  The Messiah has come and removed what separated us (sin) from God.  We’ve been rescued from it.  Our task on earth is to be part of rescuing those in our midst and preparing the earth for the Messiah’s return in which He will finish the rescuing job.

So we are into the “how-to-we-live-before-He-returns” stage.  Hence, the good advice of this verse.

If I want God’s wisdom I have to exchange my attitudes, will, feelings, deeds, and goals for His.  I don’t bring anything to the table.  It’s all Him.

In the other part of the verse I’m told to defer always to God.  I must get it through my head that every good gift I ever get, or am productive with, has been given to me by Him.  I lose the nerve to even suggest that I had anything to do with success.

Honor received when not sought is the best kind.

Time is often spent wondering what we should be doing.  If we would start with these two thoughts (from today’s verse) in mind, I am sure that we would spend a lot less time wondering, don’t you think?

“Lord, I praise You for Your insights.  Thanks for the wisdom You gave Solomon.  Help me to live in awe of You.  Help me to seek You only and be Your love slave this day.  I love You, Father.”

Do you wonder what God wants you to do?  Proverbs 15:33 is a good place to get started with.

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