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New Life Daily Devotion - Apr. 12, 2010

  • 2010 Apr 12

Seeking Wisdom
Proverbs 3:13-23

We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.

None of us set out with the goal of becoming addicted. We were seeking something else-escape from the pain, perhaps something to make up for our losses and brokenness or maybe an inner desire to self-destruct. Unfortunately, the things we seek are not able to satisfy our deepest needs and desires.

Our needs are legitimate. The defect that needs to be changed is our tendency to go the wrong way to try to meet them. The Bible says, "Don't lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble" (Proverbs 3:21-23).

Wisdom leads to the benefits most of us want out of life. When we seek wisdom, as if it were a hidden treasure, we'll find the other things we desire. "Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left" (Proverbs 3:13-16). As we change our focus and begin to seek after wisdom, we will find our lives more fulfilled and secure. This may also help us avoid the destructive paths we've previously taken as we have tried to fulfill our own unmet needs and desires.

Common sense is given to everyone; wisdom is given only to those who follow God.


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