I was reading the Proverb of the day and I love looking at the promises for those who pursue wisdom and walk in wise council. Here are the promises in what I read.
2 Wise words will win you a good meal
4 those who work hard will prosper.
9 The life of the godly is full of light and joy
10 those who take advice are wise.
11 wealth from hard work grows over time
13 those who respect a command will succeed.
14 The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death
18 if you accept correction, you will be honored
25 The godly eat to their hearts’ content,
Verse 9 encourages me so much. I want my life to be full of light. Jesus said He is he light, so when I choose to walk in God’s ways I get to overflow with light. I have learned that happiness comes and goes like the wind. One day I can feel sad and the next feel great. Joy is something completely different! Joy is not an emotion, rather it is something we receive from the Lord. It does not need perfect days to be strong. Even on a terrible day, joy can win out. When I walk in God’s ways and ask Him for joy, His promise is that He will fill me with joy!
This also encourages me that correction benefits my future. In the moment, it does not feel that way, but I have learned that correction from a mentor produces good things over time.
Proverbs also gives warnings for not walking in wisdom:
2 treacherous people have an appetite for violence.
3 opening your mouth can ruin everything.
4 Lazy people want much but get little,
9 the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.
10 Pride leads to conflict;
11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears;
13 People who despise advice are asking for trouble;
18 If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace;
20 associate with fools and get in trouble.
25 the belly of the wicked goes hungry.
I don’t know about you, but I do not want to live out any of these. I don’t want to be lazy, prideful, wicked, despise advice, go hungry, or be a friend of a fool. I know if I were to spend the next 5 years living that way, I would hate what those seed planted produced in my life!
So today choose who you want to become! Wise and invite wise council in your life and be full of light and joy, or a fool and go hungry and live in conflict.
Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus