The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
How wise are you? In each of the following examples, choose which action you think is wise:
Your grandmother gives you $50 for your birthday. You should…
- Save it to spend on a special item or occasion.
- Don’t save anything, and spend it all on candy and ice cream and .
Your teacher announces that a major test will take place on Friday. You should…
- Get together with a friend to study each day for an hour.
- Put studying off until Thursday night and cram for an hour or two.
Your boss says that you might get a raise if you work a little harder. You should…
- Offer to work as often as possible, and volunteer to do even the messy jobs.
- Call in sick a few times, and take lots of breaks when you do work.
Clearly, the first choice in each example is the wise choice, and the second options are pretty foolish. But as silly as these things seem to be, there are people in this world who would choose option #2. Being wise isn’t always the clear choice it should be, but God says that it’s always the right choice. And He says that people who follow Him will seek His wisdom. Basically, it boils down to this: Wise people respect God and His ways, and foolish people avoid God and aren’t willing to learn from Him.
What do you desire – the wisdom of God, or doing things your own way? Today, pray that God will help make you wise, and that you’ll seek His wisdom when you’re faced with tough choices.
Reflection copyright © 2016 Doug DeBolt.
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