Devotions By Jan



Scripture for Today:  Psalm 14:2-3  “The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God.  They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse; there is no one who does good, no, not one.”

We live in an area where there are plenty of roads through forests.  Not too long ago, my husband was driving home quite late on one of these roads.  He saw a quick flash of wings and heard a sickening thump.  An owl had crashed into his windshield.  We often think of owls as wise, but somehow not this one!

I am not sure why we equate the idea of wisdom with the owl.  The French have the same idea in their thinking.  Perhaps it is because they are always asking questions!

There are so many verses in Scripture that describe wisdom in both the Old and New Testaments.  When thinking about how wisdom begins I normally think of Psalm 111:10 saying, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…”  Knowing Him and fearing Him starts us on the path of wisdom.

Our verse today talks about the very first step on that path of wisdom; to seek God.  Those who are actively seeking the God of the Bible are already showing that first glimmer of wisdom.  In contrast, Psalm 14:1 describes the fool as the one who says in his heart that there is no God.

Those who are seeking God are easy to distinguish from those who are not.  Those seeking God will allow the Lord to change their behavior.  Wisdom shows itself in right and godly living.  If I question whether I am wise, I need look no further than the way I live my life.  Ouch.

Lord, help me live wisely today.

2 thoughts on “Wise

    thank you for such a lovely post, its so true that as you seek God out, there should be a change in our behavior and how we live our lives. Its so easy to think its not important but it is. I see so many people who never miss a Sunday at church but are making no improvements, they remain the same year in and year out, they cannot see how their behavior hurts and affects others. I look to God and I make conscious efforts to change my poor habits and bad attitudes, I think its important to look at your life and see how you are falling short and make a effort or at least try to change and of course God will help us. Have a blessed and wonderful year. Betty


  2. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:6


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