Hosea 14:9: “Who is wise? / Let him understand these things. / Who is prudent? / Let him know them. / For the ways of the LORD are right; / The righteous walk in them, / But transgressors stumble in them.”

August 5th, 2018 by Pastor Ed in devotional

As it was in the days of Hosea so it still is today, those who follow God in His path are both wise and prudent. Solomon wrote something similar in the opening lines of Proverbs:

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: / To know wisdom and instruction, / To perceive the words of understanding, / To receive the instruction of wisdom, / Justice, judgment, and equity; / To give prudence to the simple, / To the young man knowledge and discretion— (Prov. 1:1–4)

In most circles today, wisdom is not highly regarded; it is not a sought after commodity. Society usually applauds the quick, flippant, scoffing, off-handed comic rather than the thoughtful, prudent sage. But God holds up His wisdom as being more critical for making our life count than any other talents and human capabilities.

One of the young pastors at our church was a dorm room advisor at a local college. The dorm had 3 floors of rooms, and there were more than 50 different keys to open all the doors; but the advisor, of course, had the master key that opened them all. Life is filled with difficult doors of decisions and circumstances, and each one requires a different key. But Godly wisdom is like having the master key that can unlock any complicated problem doors for us. God is the only one who owns the master key, and He promise to loan it to anyone who asks Him. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” He waits for us to ask. Have you asked?

“LORD, we are thankful that You make the master key available to us when we simply ask. Please give us Your godly wisdom for each and every circumstance today and the courage to do what You show us.”