WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
JULY 6, 2020
TOPIC: BE A WISE PERSON
BY T. O. BANSO
“Then Hiram king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon: because the LORD loves His people, He has made you king over them. Hiram also said: Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who made heaven and earth, for He has given King David a wise son, endowed with prudence and understanding, who will build a temple for the LORD and a royal house for himself!” (2 Chronicles 2:11-12 New King James Version).
It takes wisdom to build. To build a Temple for the LORD and a royal palace required nothing less than prudence and understanding. God’s candidate to build His Temple was David’s son, Solomon, an embodiment of wisdom and understanding.
Hiram, king of Tyre, testified of this about him. “Then Hiram king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon: because the LORD loves His people, He has made you king over them. Hiram also said: Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who made heaven and earth, for He has given King David a wise son, endowed with prudence and understanding, who will build a temple for the LORD and a royal house for himself!” (2 Chronicles 2:11-12 New King James Version).
Proverbs 24:3 says a house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts” (Proverbs 24:3-4 The Living Bible).
Destroy their lives, homes, business, etc. with their own hands, but wise people build theirs. “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands” (Proverbs 14:1 New King James Version).
Solomon was a wise son. But his father, David, was also wise. The Bible records that David behaved himself wisely. “And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and Jehovah was with him. And when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he stood in awe of him” (1 Samuel 18:14-15 American Standard Version). Also, verse 30 says David behaved more wisely than all the servants of Saul.
About Saul, 1 Samuel 13:13 says, “And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly; thou hast not kept the commandment of Jehovah thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would Jehovah have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever” (American Standard Version). He eventually lost the throne.
However, in 2 Samuel 24:10, David, who had in the past behaved himself wisely, also told the LORD he had done very foolishly. That was after he had counted the people of Israel and Judah. Seventy thousand people died because of his foolish behaviour. His adultery earlier with Bathsheba and the killing of her husband, Uriah, cannot be described as a wise action (2 Samuel 11). Be careful!
But David raised a wise son, Solomon. David testified of his wisdom before Solomon’s encounter with God, when, I believe, God gave him a higher dose of wisdom upon his request!
About Joab, David’s commander who was ruthless, killing two commanders of Israel’s army, he told Solomon, “Therefore do according to your wisdom, and do not let his gray hair go down to the grave in peace” (1 Kings 2:6 New King James Version).
He also said Solomon was a wise man and knew what to do to Shimei, who had cursed and stoned David, but David didn’t kill then (verse 8, 2 Samuel 16:5-8, 19:18-23). He must bring his gray hair to the grave with blood (1Kings 2:9). Sometimes, you don’t give all the details before a wise person understands you.
Nevertheless, as Solomon grew old, he didn’t behave wisely. His foreign wives turned his heart to follow other gods. He wasn’t completely faithful to the LORD. Be careful the choices you make. Make sure they honour the LORD? Be a wise person; avoid foolish choices and behaviour.
Be a wise person. Exercise self-control. Control your emotions; don’t let your emotions control you. “A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back” (Proverbs 29:11 New Living Translation). Similarly, Proverbs 12:16 says, “A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted” (New Living Translation).
Be a wise person. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10). It is also the beginning of knowledge; don’t behave as fools who despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7). Proverbs 21:11b says a wise person learns from instruction. Don’t hate, reject, or despise instruction. “A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash” (Proverbs 15:14 New Living Translation). Pursue the truth; feed on it; don’t feed on trash. Proverbs 23:23 says, “Get the truth and don’t ever sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and discernment” (New Living Translation).
Be a wise person. Wisdom is better than strength (Ecclesiastes 9:16). It is better than weapons of war (verse 18). Wisdom is also better than rubies; nothing can be compared with it (Proverbs 8:11). Walk with the wise; reject the company of fools (Proverbs 13:20). “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7 New King James Version). Be a wise person.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible believing and Bible teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The LORD be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, I receive wisdom from heaven for me and my children. We shall not behave foolishly in the name of Jesus. We shall not enter into any relationship that will cause us to behave foolishly. We shall work with the wise and become wise.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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