Proverbs 3:11-20; 1 John 3:18-4:6; John 11:17-29
Blessed is the one who discovers wisdom and understanding. Often this comes through discipline. I remember well the discipline of my parents. By their reprimands, I was meant to come to an understanding. If you run out into the street, you will get hit by a car!
The Lord’s commandments also rebuke us when we break them. So they should. Blessed is the one who discovers wisdom and understanding from the law of God. Yet, there is a greater understanding to be found. When our hearts take the side of the law, condemning us at every turn, blessed are you when you understand that God is greater than feelings of condemnation and guilt.
You will surely break the commandments and die. Eventually, you will run out into the street once to often and meet that car. But whoever believes in Jesus, though he dies, he will live. Let the law correct you, but do not linger in the condemnation. Greater is he who is in you.
Blessed is the one who discovers wisdom and understanding.
Prayer: Correct me, Lord. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.