Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 1 Scripture Selection: Psalm 111-112
Food for Thought: Ps. 111:10; 112:1
We can gain wisdom to live in this world and make the right decisions in every situation by doing one thing: lovingly and reverently keeping the Lord first in our lives. If we love Him and honor Him, we will desire to please Him in every decision, and that will be the gauge by which we measure our decisions and contemplate our options. So many choices can be eliminated just by holding that standard, which will result in us making wise choices and, therefore, being considered wise.
Of course, involved in the process is our willingness to do His commandments (not to earn righteous, but because we love the Lord). And for the believer in Jesus Christ, the commandments can all be condensed to one word: LOVE (Mat. 22:38-40; see also Mat. 5:43-48). Clarifying this even more, Jesus gave a “new commandment” that involves loving one another just as He loves (unconditionally), which is only possible really by receiving Him as Lord and allowing Him to love through us. He said in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Everything we do, in order to truly be wise, will be based on His love in us.
In I John 2:3-11, the apostle John very bluntly says that whoever hates his brother is still in darkness, and the love of God is not in him. That type of person, wandering in darkness, is incapable of making wise choices. The apostle James contrasts in James 3:13-18 the “earthly wisdom” of one in darkness to that of the godly:
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
With the wisdom that comes from God, there is no confusion, and we are able to do everything based on the motive of love for Him and others. As a result, the righteous reap many other benefits (see Ps. 112). So the wisest thing we could ever do is love the Lord.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):