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Bible Reading Plan | Devotion for the week of September 19, 2021

September 23, 2021

Weekly reading: Genesis 1-5; Psalm 49-50
Passages referenced: Genesis 1-2; Psalm 19:1-4; Romans 1:20

During the pandemic, life seemed to shut down and the world felt chaotic, unsettled, and out of order. I retreated daily to our family farm of 80 acres, where I have always enjoyed the outdoors. Nature became a huge place of refuge and solace. Somewhere deep inside, my soul became refreshed and filled with comfort as I walked the trails and woods. In nature, God revealed Himself to me. Creation was reminding me of the Creator.

It doesn’t take a pandemic for God to reveal Himself to us. He has been revealing Himself since the beginning of creation. In Genesis 1 and 2, not only do we see the process of creation, but more importantly, the Creator is being revealed. We see God’s personality, character, and magnitude.

General revelation is when we gain knowledge of the Creator through creation. All people, at all times and in all places, have the ability to see God revealed through nature. God communicates to us through His creation.

When I see the magnitude of the stars in the night sky, I am reassured that the Creator is bigger than my circumstances.
When I respond to a beautiful sunset over Lake Michigan, I know the Creator is personal.
When I see the majestic bald eagle, I sense the power and strength of the Creator.
When I witness a caterpillar transform into a beautiful butterfly, I value that the Creator has an order to life.
When I am amazed at the uniqueness in the trunk of a Northern Cyprus tree, I treasure the creativeness of the Creator. – Bonnie Swanson

Here are some verses, thought & prayer prompts, and a song to help you continue to meditate on God the Creator:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. – Psalm 19:1-4

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. – Romans 1:20

Finish these statements:

I see evidence of God when…
God reveals Himself to me in nature when I see…

Prayer prompts:

Pray that your heart and mind would be open to when God speaks to you through nature.
Thank God for how He personally reveals His magnitude and beauty to you.
Praise God for creation and how He uses is to draw us closer to Him.

Hillsong’s So Will I (100 Billion X) is a beautiful song that focuses on the superiority of our Creator. You can find it on YouTube or Spotify. 

  • Check out The Bible Project’s overview videos of the book of Genesis. Part One covers chapters 1-11 and Part Two covers chapters 12-50. They are an excellent source for background information and context that walks through the book’s sections and themes. They can be really helpful for those who appreciate some visuals while learning.
  • Do you have questions about this week’s Bible reading? We’d love to help! Rather than relying on the first thing you find on the internet, email us at biblequestions@warsaw.cc. We are more than happy to answer that nagging question you have, provide you with some clarity, or point you in the right direction for further study.

Bible Reading Plan | Devotion for the week of September 12, 2021

September 13, 2021

Weekly reading: Philippians 1-4; Psalm 46-48
Passages referenced: 2 Kings 6; Psalm 9:9; 46:1-3, 7, 10-11; 61:3; Proverbs 18:10; Philippians 4:5-6

Psalm 46:10 is quite well known. It reads as follows, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” What are perhaps not as well known are some of the preceding verses. Verses 1-3 state, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Verses 7 & 11 are identical choruses at the end of each stanza: “The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

It wasn’t too long ago that I read Psalm 46 and realized that it is because God is our refuge and strength that we can rest in Him. It is because He is an Almighty fortress that we can be still and know that He is God.

Shortly after I graduated college, my family took a trip westward. Our first overnight stay was in Kansas, which lived up to its stormy reputation. A severe thunderstorm arose, and hail pelted our camper, cracking our plastic skylight and bouncing noisily off the camper’s thin metal sides. We prayed a tornado wouldn’t follow the hail. It was frightening and felt less than safe.

Thankfully, the Lord Almighty is no aluminum camper. He is our fortress. When the world is falling apart around us, He is our strong tower and stronghold (see Psalm 61:3, Proverbs 18:10, Psalm 9:9). We are safe in Him. We are secure in Him.

Perhaps you feel as though the world is crumbling. It is full of uncertainty, fear, and heartbreak. But in His Almighty state, the Lord is so much more than we can see or imagine. There is a passage in 2 Kings 6 where Elisha’s servant looks out and sees their city surrounded by an enemy army with horses and chariots. The servant becomes afraid. Elisha prays that the Lord “open his eyes, so he may see.” The servant is then able to see the Lord’s horses and chariots of fire filling the hills around them. We sometimes forget that not only is God Almighty, but He is our “ever-present help” even though we can’t see Him (see Psalm 46:1). God is omnipresent. He is Almighty, and He is with us.

Philippians 4:6 reads, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” But you know what’s helpful about Philippians 4:6 that many people fail to notice? The sentence immediately prior in Philippians 4:5b, “The Lord is near.” Why do we not have to be anxious? Because the Lord—our Almighty Lord—is near.

We have been given this wonderful, miraculous book, the Bible, to show us who God is. He is Almighty. He is our ever-present help. He is King. He is worthy of praise. He has unfailing love. When you read the passages assigned for this week, try to note the characteristics of God you see. What is God like? What does He possess? What does He give? May you delight in all God is this week, and may you be able to “be still” in Him. – Kacie Langeland

 

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Bible Reading Plan | Devotion for the week of September 5, 2021

September 8, 2021

Weekly reading: Galatians 1-6; Psalm 45

Passage referenced: Psalm 45:2,13-17; Galatians 1:10, 2:12, 3:2, 4:5,5:16-17, 6:14

No person apart from Jesus himself shaped the history of Christianity like the Apostle Paul. His encounter with Jesus changed his life and subsequently changed the lives of many others. Our God who loves, forgives, and performs miracles, changes lives and draws us to Him.

When Paul wrote to the Galatians, he admonished them for having lost their way in a short time. He accused them of being fooled by those twisting the truth of the Good News. It’s easy to compare our world today with its twisted truths, immorality, and lack of God in people’s lives, to Paul’s fight to regain the Good News for the people of Galatia. We must stay unified in our love of Jesus Christ and always remember what He did for us.

Paul worked hard to convince the Jews that Gentiles were acceptable to God. And he spent even more time convincing the Gentiles that they were acceptable to God. Paul spent much of his time teaching the Gentiles about the difference between life in the flesh and life in the Spirit. He taught the Gentiles that their previous sinful nature produced idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, division, and envy while having the Holy Spirit in their lives produced love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control!

Paul completed three missionary journeys during his lifetime. He spent countless days in prison, even while continuing his letters to the churches he had visited. He traveled to Corinth, Thessalonica, Philippi, Colosse, Ephesus, and Galatia.

Here are a few observations from each of this week’s chapters:

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. – Galatians 1:10
Today, it feels like far too many Christians are not speaking out for fear they might offend someone, when in fact, Jesus wants us to be bold!

When [Peter] first arrived, he ate with the Gentile believers, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision. – Galatians 2:12
This is another example for us today of caving to peer pressure, being afraid to offend others. We must remember we answer to God alone, not man.

Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. – Galatians 3:2
We must remember that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit back to all of us after he ascended to Heaven to be with the Father! He is with us always – to teach us, guide us, show us the way to heavenly life.

God sent [Jesus] to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. – Galatians 4:5
How full our lives would be to remember this each and every day! A child of God!

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. – Galatians 5:16-17a
There are millions of Christians in the world today, but so many people find it easy to live sinful lives – some without realizing it. Those are the people we much reach to tell of the Good News!

Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. – Galatians 6:14b
The cross! His blood! He, not the world, died for us!

Psalm 45 describes the Messiah’s future relationship with the church, His body of believers. Verse 2 says, “Gracious words stream from your lips. God himself has blessed you forever.” And verses 13-17 depict Christ’s bride, the church, with the richest blessings as she unites forever with him.
Imagine! Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, these words were scrolled as a prophecy about Christ! – Chip Wallstead

 

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Bible Reading Plan | Devotion for the week of August 29, 2021

September 1, 2021

Weekly reading: Proverbs 29-31; Psalm 41-44

Passage referenced: Psalm 41:9-12; 42:11; 43:2; 44:8; Proverbs 29:11,22; 30:15; 31

This week’s devotional writer is Rachel Luce. Rachel is a Junior at Tippecanoe Valley High School. In this devotional, Rachel provides some reflection on each of the week’s seven chapters. As such, you might consider waiting to read this until you’ve finished all the week’s reading or read one reflection per day.

Proverbs 29

Have you lost your temper this year? Month? Or even week? Proverbs 29:11 & 22 say, “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end… An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.” As easy as it is to lose your temper, these verses warn us against that behavior. As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers. We should not be adding to the flames, but instead, we should work on putting them out.

Proverbs 30

“The grass is always greener” is a phrase most people have heard and many believe to be true. The Bible even speaks about it. Proverbs 30:15 talks about two daughters who are always wanting more. They say, “Give! Give!” but are never satisfied. As Christians, we know in our heads that God will always be enough, but we need to learn that in our hearts.

Proverbs 31

Most Christian girls have read Proverbs 31 at least once during their walk with God. It can be a guide on how to be a strong Christian woman. If we know this to be true, why don’t we just do want it says? We live in a fast-paced world where we barely have time to stop and provide food for our family or help the poor and needy. As Christian women, we need to step up at follow the guide that God has given us.

Psalm 41

As I have gone through my school career, my friends have changed every year. It always made me feel like something was wrong with me, or I wasn’t a good friend. The older I got, the better I understood myself and realized nothing was wrong with me. All the friends I had lost were just because the timing wasn’t right, or we weren’t a good fit. Psalm 41:9-12 teaches us that although friends may turn their backs on us, God has mercy on us. He has seen our integrity and will lift us up! Our enemies will not triumphant over us because we have the power of God living inside of us.

Psalm 42

Psalm 42:11 says, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” To break all of that down, you need to think of a time when your soul was so dark, and you felt like you couldn’t see the end. It was probably a very sad time, and you felt hopeless. Then think about once you got through the pain and the hurt. You probably praised and worshiped the King. While that is so important, we need to remember to praise Him through the hurt and the pain. When we feel broken, that is when God draws near. He uses those times to strengthen us and build our endurance for the kingdom. We must remember to worship even through the hard times.

Psalm 43

When you are going through hard times, does it feel like you are alone? Do you feel hopeless? Does it feel like no one understands you? While you may feel that way, you are not alone! God is always there by your side. Psalm 43:2 states, “You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me?” Often, we feel rejected by God when we can’t feel Him close. But this is far from true. God actually draws closer to the broken-hearted. He is there to dry our tears. Just remember that even when we feel alone, God won’t leave us alone.

Psalm 44

Humans love recognition. It is just how most of us are. We enjoy being glorified for the good deeds we do. Psalm 44:8 shows us that although we may boast about our lives, the only one who deserves glory is God. He should receive all the praise because without Him we would have nothing. – Rachel Luce

  • Do you have questions about this week’s Bible reading? We’d love to help! Rather than relying on the first thing, you find on the internet, email us at biblequestions@warsaw.cc. We are more than happy to answer that nagging question you have, provide you with some clarity, or point you in the right direction for further study.

Bible Reading Plan | Devotion for the week of August 22, 2021

August 24, 2021

Weekly reading: Proverbs 22-28
Passages referenced: Psalm 1:1-2; Proverbs 22:4,9,11, 24:14; Isaiah 9:6

Since we’re halfway through the book of Proverbs, you know by now that the value of wisdom is the main theme throughout this book. Wisdom comes to life as a character in Proverbs 8 and 9 and continues to develop many characteristics throughout the rest of the book.

As you read through this week’s chapters, take some time to write down the traits of wisdom that stand out to you.

Chapter 22 alone describes several characteristics of the wise:

Proverbs 22:4 considers humility:

Humility is the fear of the Lord;

its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:9 mentions generosity:

The generous will themselves be blessed,

for they share their food with the poor.

Proverbs 22:11 might be my favorite and says:

One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace

will have the king for a friend.

Are there any people in your life who display these qualities? Add a list of their names to your notes from above.

I’m fortunate to have parents and grandparents who I could turn to for wisdom. My mother specifically taught me that standing strong in my faith meant knowing God’s Word and seeking wise counsel. Not only does Proverbs speak to this, but it is emphasized throughout the Bible as well.

Psalm 1:1-2 says: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

It’s very clear in verses like this that in order to gain wisdom, you have to spend time with and seek advice from wise people and straight from the Bible. In our modern world, there are so many channels and outlets to receive information, but these verses are a good reminder to take stock in who and where we seek wisdom and advice.

Go back to your list of qualities and the people who display them. Are these the same people you turn to when you need advice? If not, why do you think that is? And what changes could you make to better align these?

Of course, these verses were written well before Jesus was born and came to Earth as our “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) But isn’t it beautiful how King Solomon and the other authors of Proverbs are preparing us to seek wisdom? Once Jesus comes to Earth, we have a perfect example of knowledge and truth.

Proverbs 24:14 says: “Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” As we navigate the rest of this week, let’s pray that we embody that truth. – Laura Long

  • Do you have questions about this week’s Bible reading? We’d love to help! Rather than relying on the first thing, you find on the internet, email us at biblequestions@warsaw.cc. We are more than happy to answer that nagging question you have, provide you with some clarity, or point you in the right direction for further study.

Bible Reading Plan | Devotion for the week of August 15, 2021

August 17, 2021

Weekly reading: Proverbs 15-21
Passages referenced: Proverbs 15:32, 16:2, 17:12, 18:9, 19:29, 20:23; 21:31; Matthew 7:21-23; Mark 7:6-23; Luke 6:43-45; John 3:16-17, 6:25-27; Romans 7:15-18; James 1:23-25

“Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.” – Proverbs 15:32

The word “disregard” here sticks out to me. To disregard means to ignore. To disregard is not just a thought but an action. The mere idea that discipline is a good thing can pass through my head, and I can even convince myself that I think discipline is good. Yet, if I live out the act of disregarding discipline, this says everything anyone needs to know of my stance on the goodness of discipline. Did you catch that? The ACT of disregarding discipline SAYS everything anyone needs to know of MY stance on the goodness of discipline. MY STANCE is personified, not in my thoughts of the good thing or even my conversations lifting up the good thing, but the action of DISREGARDING the good thing. Thus “the one who heeds correction gains understanding.”

“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.” – Proverbs 16:2

Even so, with the weight of our actions heavy on our mind, we can see in Proverbs 16:2 that our thoughts are just as important. The importance of motives are laid out almost incessantly by Jesus throughout the Gospels: the parable of the True and False Disciples in Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus’s declaration that what defiles a person comes from within in Mark 7:6-23, Jesus’s explanation of good and bad fruit in Luke 6:43-45, and Jesus’s rebuke of the crowd after he fed them in John 6:25-27. Clearly, our motives are important. 

“Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool BENT on folly.” – Proverbs 17:12

“One who IS SLACK in his work is brother to one who destroys.” – Proverbs 18:9

“Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.” – Proverbs 19:29

“The Lord detests different weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.” – Proverbs 20:23

Proverbs is telling us something. Our actions matter. Our thoughts matter. James 1:23-25 says that “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do.” Yet, so often, I find myself allowing negative thoughts and a lack of action to persist in my life. Why is this still a struggle when we see clearly the call and advantage of following the Word? Paul addresses this in Romans 7:15-18: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”

So, where do we go from here? We see there is a call to know and uphold the Word of God and, just as plainly, an acceptance that we can never live up to the calling.

*Insert Jesus*

“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” – Proverbs 21:31

Poetically, the last verse of the final Proverb from this week’s reading points us straight to THE answer. This is why we have a savior. This is why the most famous passage in all the land – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son in the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17) – is so darn important to have seared on our hearts.

Yes, we are called to prepare. We are called to stand firm. We are called to risk. But when all else fails, Jesus saves. – Cole Baker

  • Do you have questions about this week’s Bible reading? We’d love to help! Rather than relying on the first thing, you find on the internet, email us at biblequestions@warsaw.cc. We are more than happy to answer that nagging question you have, provide you with some clarity, or point you in the right direction for further study.

. . . so that . . . Upcoming Series

August 16, 2021

Have you ever considered why you are here? Not in some new age-y, abstract way, but in a why are you in this community, during this time in history, with these relationships, doing the things you do, being part of this church kind of way?

The Bible teaches that God sent Jesus ….so that… we could have a personal relationship with Him as our savior. We gather to grow in our knowledge and relationship with Jesus ….so that… we can go into our community to help a hurting world. You have been given gifts, talents, and experiences ….so that… you can use those as tools to build authentic relationships that help guide others toward Jesus. At WCC, we believe that God has you right where you are ….so that… He can use you to love your neighbor and share the hope of the Gospel.

Join us for a new series ….so that… you can learn more about the role you play in God’s story and in the stories of the people in our community, during this time, through these relationships, while doing the things you do, growing as part of this church.

Services are online and in person on Sundays at 8:30, 9:45, and 11am. Sonlight children’s programming is available at the 9:45 and 11am services.

Bible Reading Plan | Devotion for the week of August 8, 2021

August 10, 2021

Weekly reading: Proverbs 8-14
Passages referenced: Proverbs 8:6, 9:9, 10:19, 11:13, 12:15, 13:3, 14:3; 2 Timothy 3:16

I love Proverbs! It is an amazing book. Of course, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) But whenever I need a good dose of practical everyday living, I find myself gravitating toward Proverbs. Sometimes it reminds me of things I already know, but it always challenges me. And these are things I can put into daily practice right away.

As I have been reading through these chapters, I see something over and over that relates to our mouths: our talking, or better yet, not talking! Listening is stated or implied over and over. Here are just a few examples from each chapter:

Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. – Proverbs 8:6

Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. – Proverbs 9:9

Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues. – Proverbs 10:19

A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. – Proverbs 11:13

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. – Proverbs 12:15

Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. – Proverbs 13:3

A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them. – Proverbs 14:3

Talk about practical everyday living! We can apply this immediately. The theme repeatedly is that we need to listen. Listen to God first and then to others.

So many times over the years, I have regretted something I have said and had to go back and apologize simply because I didn’t listen to the Holy Spirit’s warnings. When we listen to God, He prompts us. When we read God’s Word and meditate (listen), we hear from God. He gives us wisdom. When we pause in conversations and listen to God, only good will come out of that!

A great way to do ministry is to listen to people with interest. It gives them value. It not only shows we care but also as God’s representatives that He cares. It opens the door to spiritual conversations. Especially since COVID, people are lonely. They need a friend, someone who will listen.

In these trying times, with all these complex moral dilemmas thrown at us and our families, we need wisdom. Wisdom and understanding. We need the wisdom of the Bible. Not the kind the world offers but the kind of wisdom Proverbs talks about. Let’s listen to God and others for God’s glory and our good. – Jeff Pfeifer

  • Do you have questions about this week’s Bible reading? We’d love to help! Rather than relying on the first thing, you find on the internet, email us at biblequestions@warsaw.cc. We are more than happy to answer that nagging question you have, provide you with some clarity, or point you in the right direction for further study.

Community Kitchen Lunches Needed

August 9, 2021

First United Methodist Church’s Community Kitchen is in need of bagged lunches for Wednesday, August 11. You can drop the lunches off at FUMC (179 South Indiana Street, Warsaw, Indiana) before 10:30am or utilize their kitchen in the morning to prepare the lunches.

If you can help, please visit WCC’s Perfect Potluck link and place your name on the line for as many lunches as you can provide. Further details about what to provide are available on that page as well. You can sign up here.

For over a decade, wonderful volunteers and staff from Warsaw Community Church have partnered with the First United Methodist Church, along with other churches and organizations to help provide meals to people in need through FUMC’s Community Kitchen program.

For more details, contact: Rachel Steger, (260) 403-0372

Bible Reading Plan | Devotion for the week of August 1, 2021

August 4, 2021

Weekly reading: Proverbs 1-7
Passages referenced: Psalm 1:7, 90:12; Proverbs 2:6, 4:7; Luke 2:52

The book of Proverbs could be described as a playbook for life. We could read everything in this brilliantly written book and gain knowledge. The word “proverb” comes from a Hebrew word that means “to rule or govern.” This book is not meant to teach doctrine. It is a book that teaches people how to attain wisdom, discipline, and a prudent life, and how to do what is right, just, and fair – in short, to apply Godly (divine) wisdom to daily life and provide moral instruction. It relates to our work – when we apply the concepts, it causes our work to stabilize. It is a very practical workshop in wise living.

The longer I’ve lived, the more I’ve come to realize that I oftentimes don’t need more knowledge. Knowledge is very good – but there is a huge difference between knowledge (having the facts for a given situation) and wisdom (applying those facts to our lives). We can gain more knowledge, but without wisdom, knowledge is useless. We must learn how to live out what we know. Again, we often don’t need more information; we need to apply what we’ve already learned.

And here is what I’ve finally realized – God longs to impart wisdom to us. His desire is for us to grow up. Wisdom is an attribute of God. Our journey has to begin with our relationship with Christ. Psalm 1:7 tells us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” We can get hung up on this term “fear of the Lord,” but I have come to see it as knowing my place before God in the universe and living accordingly; to honor and respect God, live in awe of His power, and obey His Word; to live in a way that points others to Christ.

We oftentimes overcomplicate this. Proverbs 2:6 tells us, “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” As you read the book of Proverbs, ask yourself: is God’s wisdom worth whatever it takes for me to know it and live by it? Wisdom comes in two ways – it is God’s gift, and it is also the result of our earnestly searching for it.

When my sons were younger, I started asking God every night when I prayed with them that they would grow in wisdom and stature. (I was inspired by Luke 2:52: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”) As my boys have continued to grow taller, I haven’t stopped praying this exact prayer over them. More than anything, I want them to understand that wisdom comes from God and that they will become wiser as their love for God increases and as they seek knowledge out of their love. As I’ve prayed this, I’ve sensed God answering this prayer for my own life as well. My Father in Heaven is parenting me through parenting my sons. Through my life experiences, I have gained wisdom.

These first chapters of Proverbs are rich with advice for young people. If we base our lives on Godly decisions, which does NOT come easily, we will grow in wisdom. God will guide our steps; He will lead us. But we MUST participate with Him.

We either learn through life experience (my husband has taught me the phrase “experience is the best teacher” as I would grieve difficult experiences our sons would go through), or we learn through earnestly studying God’s Word. We grow in a crisis or in the classroom of God’s Word. We cannot and will not go through life unscathed. But we can allow life’s experiences to teach us about God’s love, His steadfast faithfulness, and how much we can trust Him. Our Father in Heaven can be trusted. Take a few minutes to think about a time when God grew you through a difficult life experience. And then praise Him for the wisdom you attained.

While I’ve been writing this, a song has been going through my head based on Psalms 90:12: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” And as I also look at Proverbs 4:7, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding,” I am praying for all of us as we read the Proverbs – that we would remember to ask God to reveal Himself through His Word. Let’s not just read to become knowledgeable; let’s ask God to grow us in wisdom. We are His children, and He wants nothing more than to answer that prayer. – Michelle Yeager

  • Check out The Bible Project’s overview video of the book of Proverbs. It is an excellent source for background information and context that walks through the book’s sections and themes. It can be really helpful for those who appreciate some visuals while learning.
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