Bible Devotions


on September 28, 2007


He who gets wisdom loves his soul; he who keeps understanding will find good.  Proverbs 19:8 NKJV


Wisdom is something we all need.  Some of us think we have wisdom, yet in time our decisions prove otherwise.  Solomon had much knowledge and wisdom to pass on his son.  Lucky for us he wrote a lot of it down.  Now, we have the opportunity to learn from those who have gone before us. 


How do we obtain wisdom?

Some might say we study and try to learn everything we can.  Others might say you collect it throughout your life with experience that comes from each passing year.  But what does the Bible say?  James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

 What is wisdom?

Wisdom is an attribute of God.  He is wisdom.  He is sovereign and sees the beginning and the end of everything.  He knows all possibilities and how things will play out.  When we ask for wisdom we ask for a part of God.


How do we keep understanding?

Understanding comes from God too.  He has provided us 66 books of understanding for our instruction.  In order to keep understanding our first step is to read about God’s commandments.  With the power of the Holy Spirit in us, we are able to keep His commandments.  Proverbs 19:16 says “He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die.”  Notice keeping understanding or commandments requires effort on our part.  Matthew 7:7-8 says “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” If we are careless with our ways we die. 

 What is good?

The opening verse says “he who keeps understanding will find good”, but what is good?  Jesus told us in Matthew 19:17 “No one is good but One, that is, God.  But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Therefore, good is God.  He who keeps understanding will find God. 


Wisdom and understanding are critical components of salvation.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying read more and you’ll saved, for salvation is not based on human efforts of earning our way to heaven.  But I am saying God’s Word contains what we need to guide us into a right relationship with God.  When we have “listened to its counsel” we will find God and know his perfect will – that none should perish but that all should be saved through faith in Jesus Christ. 


Wisdom and understanding are more than just that.  They provide us guidance for every day life.  They instruct us on how to respond to every kind of problem, conflict or issue we may face.


Proverbs 19:20 says “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.” 

 Lord, may we be wise in seeking you first in all we do, say, and think.  Lead us by your Word and Spirit that we may be wise in our all affairs.  In Jesus’ name Amen.   © Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.  For more articles, devotions and book reviews, visit today.


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