This week’s sermon is about wisdom, and the role that it plays in our lives. The ancient Jews so valued wisdom that they included a collection of wisdom literature in their scriptures: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. The Apocrypha also includes Sirach, the Book of Wisdom, and to some degree Baruch. This week’s devotional explores the importance of Wisdom.
Daily Bible Readings:
Monday, August 21. Read Proverbs 1:8-9, 2:9-11. 1) How does Proverbs address the issue of wisdom? 2) What does Proverbs say are some of the benefits of wisdom
Tuesday, August 22. Read Proverbs 8:8-12. 1) Why is wisdom valuable? 2) Where is wisdom to be found?
Wednesday, August 23. Read Job 28:23-28. 1) Who is the source of wisdom? What is the basis for wisdom?
Thursday, August 24. Read James 1:5-8. 1) What advice does James give to the person needing to grow in wisdom? 2) What attitude should the person making the request have?
Friday, August 25. Read James 3:13-18. 1) What is the proof of living in wise ways? 2) What are examples of living in foolish ways? 3) What are the characteristics of heavenly wisdom?
Saturday, August 26. Read Proverbs 9:1-6. This is Sunday’s sermon text.
Prayer of the Week:
Dear Father, You are the source of all wisdom, and you generously give it to anyone seeking it. Your wisdom is true and sure. It protects, empowers, and strengthens those who possess it. We want that wisdom because we know that it is the only way that we can live victoriously in a dark world. Please grant us your wisdom we pray, through Jesus. Amen.
Hymn of the Week:
Awake, My Tongue, Thy Tribute Bring
by John Needham, 1768
Awake, my tongue, thy tribute bring
To Him who gave thee power to sing;
Praise Him who is all praise above,
The source of wisdom and of love.
How vast His knowledge, how profound!
A deep where all our thoughts are drowned;
The stars He numbers, and their names
He gives to all those heavenly flames.
Through each bright world above, behold
Ten thousand thousand charms unfold;
Earth, air, and mighty seas combine
To speak His wisdom all divine.
But in redemption, O what grace!
Its wonders, O what thought can trace!
Here, wisdom shines forever bright;
Praise Him, my soul, with sweet delight.
Devotional Article of the Week:
When You Need Wisdom
With all the crazy stuff going on, how am I supposed to know what to do?
by Tom Norvell
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind (James 1:5-6 NLT)
Father, give me wisdom as I begin this new day. Help me to use my time, the time You have allotted me, wisely, not wastefully.
Father, give me wisdom as I write these words. Please put words into my mind and allow them to flow into thoughts that are good news to the poor, that announce pardon to the imprisoned, recovery of sight to the blind, words that set the burdened and battered free, and words that announce, “This is God’s year to act!” (Luke 4:18-19 MSG).
Father, give me wisdom so that when I speak I will say things that are pure and clean and words that help and give life to those who listen.
Father, give me wisdom to lead my family in ways that help them walk closer to You. Give me wisdom to be the husband that honors my wife and allows her to be respectful of me. Give me wisdom to be the father that understands my children and helps to give them the confidence they need to fulfill the dreams You have placed in their hearts.
Father, give me wisdom to counsel people who come to me for help. Give me the wisdom to know when to speak and when to be silent, when to be bold and when to be gentle, when to instruct and when to listen.
Father, give me the wisdom to know when to be angry, when to be sad, when to laugh, and when to cry. Give me the wisdom to know that forgiveness is always the right move. Give me the wisdom to always accept Your forgiveness and to realize I am worthless without it. Give me wisdom to depend on You as if my life depended on it, and the wisdom to realize that it does.
Father, give me wisdom to lead others in their walk with You. Give me the wisdom to preach and teach in ways that illustrate Your great and amazing love for us, and the wisdom to help others understand the living sacrifice that is appropriate and brings You pleasure. Give me the wisdom to live the words that I proclaim.
Father, give me wisdom to realize that when I ask for wisdom with confidence You will give it. And that unless I receive wisdom that comes from You I have no words worth hearing, no life worth imitating, and no wisdom worth sharing.
Father, there is no wondering “if” I need wisdom. I need wisdom. I need YOUR wisdom. Father, please give me wisdom.