Devotional Journal for August 13, 2009
Day 5 – God’s faithfulness toward those who are upright
Scripture: Proverbs 2:6-9 NLT
6For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. 9Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.
What is the writer saying?
So what is wisdom and how can I have it? Wisdom is the ability to apply understanding to knowledge and the true source of wisdom is God. Victory in daily living, protection from the devil’s onslaught and direction so that we stay on course all are given to us by the One who loves us and justifies us. It is within this relationship and fellowship with Him that we gain a more complete understanding of what is right and consistent with God’s good character; what is fair, and every good path for our life.
How does this apply to my life?
So often I look for solutions to my own problems rather than seeking God’s solution. I weigh out the pros and cons of decisions with little regard to God’s promise of victory and protection. The reality is this: if God is my protector, my source for victory, and the director of my life, then I must learn to follow Him with more reckless abandon, seeking only His will and His plan for my life. He has promised direction for the just; yet, the just are to live by faith. This is the path that pleases the Father. This is the good path for my life: the path of faith and trust.
Father, you are my wisdom and my strength. You are my provider, my shelter, shield and the leader of my life. You continue to grow me and stretch me in the faith. Yet, so often I wonder if you see me as being upright or blameless or even faithful. I do know that my heart desire is to be found a good and faithful servant. Grant, O God, that I might have greater understanding and wisdom; help me to realize greater victory in my life; lead me in every good path for my life. I trust you to do what is best for me. I am yours.
Your grateful servant