As I was reading today’s lesson from Proverbs, I could not help but remember the wisdom imparted to us boys by both my father and his father. One of grandfather’s favorite sayings was, “If you don’t keep it in your head, you’ll keep it in your feet.” His advice has saved me a good many steps over the years and in that time, I have come to realize that taking that wisdom to heart has saved me much more than a few steps or the need to redo a project. It has also saved me mountains of heartache. I have learned that the result of listening to sound wisdom is that I have been spared grief, money, and time. More importantly, it has kept me from turning to the things of this world instead of to God. The words of Solomon were as important to my father and grandfather as they are to me today.
Here, in chapter 7, Solomon implores his readers to embrace God’s wisdom and shun the allures of this world. He likens the temptations of pleasure and the world to an immoral woman, who on the surface promises fulfillment, but in the end leads her prey to destruction.
Today’s devotion was written by Steven King,
Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.
Prayer: Gracious God, help us to always hear and follow your wisdom and commands. Amen.