Thursday, August 9: Wisdom from Proverbs
Proverbs is a practical book filled with "sound bites" of God's wisdom. As we read, we need to remember that a proverb isn't a promise that God will always respond to our behavior in a certain way, but a memorable phrase that points to truth beyond itself. Proverbs are God's guidelines for wise living, not his guarantees for prosperity or blessing.
Read Proverbs 23:4-5
Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
We have a choice on what to seek after, what to spend our efforts on: what will last, or what will not. Here we're told that riches are one of the things that are fleeting, and that giving our life in pursuit of them is like chasing after a bird that can simply fly away.
Jesus said, "Do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' But seek first God's kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Practice leaving your worries about money and stuff and your future with God today.