Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 8:12-21. Solomon describes wisdom in this Scripture. He tells us what wisdom is and the value of finding wisdom. I wisdom abide with caution, and find out knowledge of clever creations. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: I hate pride, and arrogance, evil ways, and the perverse mouth.
Counsel and sound wisdom are mine: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings, princes, nobles and all the judges of the earth rule and reign, and princes decree justice.
I love those who love me. Those who seek me early will find me. Riches and honor are with me; durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold; and my profits than choice silver.
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those who love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
One of my favorite prayers is the Serenity Prayer. It is a prayer I repeated over and over to myself at difficult times in my life. There were times when life was so hard I didn’t know if I could make it through. This prayer spoke for me.
There were times in my life when my heart was so broken I didn’t feel like I could pray for myself, I remember repeating the words of this prayer and it encouraged me to keep going when I felt like giving up.
At that time, I didn’t know the whole prayer, I only recited the first four lines over and over, but it was exactly what I needed during some extremely difficult times of my life. I share the words of this prayer here to encourage you that when life seems impossible to get through God can find a way to encourage you and help you get through those difficult times and bring you out on the other side. As hard as it is to understand sometimes, everything in our life happens for a reason.
You have to cling to God and ask Him to give you strength and the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to do the right things when life is so hard you don’t know what to do. He may not remove the circumstances from your life. But, He will give you the strength you need to get through the situation and you will be stronger on the other side of it.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
– Reinhold Niebuhr
Daily Bible Reading:
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
Things to think about:
- What does it mean to fear the LORD?
- What are some of the things we learn about wisdom in this Scripture?
- From where do you feel you have obtained the most wisdom in your life thus far?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture and think about what Solomon shares about wisdom we see that he says to fear the LORD is to hate evil. Help us to remove every evil way from our lives. Remove pride, arrogance and any evil speech from our lives. Help us to live righteously before You. Forgive us of the times we have failed You. Give us wisdom to live the way You would have us to and strength to endure the race that You have set before us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Bible Verse to Journal or Memorize:
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
– Proverbs 8:12
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