September 23, Monday

Today AMI QT Devotional, written by Pastor Jason Sato who serves in Japan as a missionary, was originally posted on November 3, 2014.

 

Devotional Thought for Today

“Get Input from Others—You Will Thank Me Later”

Proverbs 1:20-28

Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: 22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? 23 If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. 24 Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, 25 because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you, 27 when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. 28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

In college, I very rarely asked for help with my class work.  Sometimes, since I was so far behind, I didn’t even know what to ask; but most of the times, I thought I could figure it out myself.  I skipped discussion as well as group study sessions, assuming it would be more “efficient” to work on my own. As my GPA would testify, I acted rather foolishly.  

Not only in academics but in our morals, finances, and relationships, we tend to think that we are actually better off without any input from others; we believe our own wisdom is enough.  The eventual outcome of many of our decisions would indicate that this is a wishful thinking. 

In our passage, “Lady Wisdom” appeals to three types of people: simple ones, scoffers, and fools (v. 22).  The simple seem to enjoy their ignorance, content to remain shallow in thought and deed. Scoffers are skeptical of everything and everyone except themselves.  Fools go as far as to hate knowledge, acting belligerently toward anyone who would teach them. These types of people refuse to listen to wisdom.

Brothers and sisters, do we refuse to humbly and carefully consider criticism?  Do we prefer to unilaterally make decisions about our “own” lives? Are we somehow the only people we know who don’t need significant input from others? Perhaps we are not so different than the simple, skeptical, and foolish after all.

Those who reject “Lady Wisdom” can look forward to calamity, error, distress, and anguish (v. 26-27).  In that day, we will scramble for a way out, but it may be too late (v. 28). But there is a way out now!  If we turn to the Only Wise God, He will pour out His Spirit upon us (v. 23).  

Is there something in your life that is difficult or confusing?  Are you unsure of the right or most effective path? Let’s commit to seeking the wisdom of God in prayer and with our small groups this week (James 1:4).

Prayer: Father, I thank You that You are the God of all wisdom.  It’s so easy for me to go my own way, but Lord, I don’t want to be simple, skeptical, or foolish.  Grant me humility to seek out wisdom in Your Word and with Your people.

Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 21


Lunch Break Study  

Read Hebrews 3:15-19: As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

Questions to Consider

  1. Those who hardened their hearts to the voice of the Lord had experienced the miraculous exodus from Egypt.  What types of things did they encounter?
  2. By hardening their hearts, what did these people lose out on?
  3. Verse 19 connects the people’s unwillingness to listen to God with unbelief. What did the people refuse to believe? How does your own unbelief make it difficult to listen to God?

Notes

  1. The ten plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, the pillar and cloud of the Lord, the miraculous manna, etc.
  2. God did not allow them to enter into the Promised Land and His rest.
  3. The people did not believe that God would protect them or fulfill His promises to them.  Since they did not believe God would take care of them and their families, they failed to obey as He commanded them to take the land of Canaan.

Evening Reflection

What opportunities did you have to ask God for wisdom and insight today?  What opportunities did you have to allow God’s people into your decisions?  Continue to ask for greater humility and wisdom.

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