December 19, Thursday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by a former staff at an AMI church, was originally posted on December 14, 2014.

 

Devotional Thought for Today

“Seeking Honey; Finding Wisdom”

 Proverbs 24:13-14

My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. 14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

There is a sweet interaction in one of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh tales between the titular character and his friend piglet. Winnie-the-Pooh states, “I don’t feel very much like Pooh today.” Piglet responds, “There, there. I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.” If you are at all familiar with this narrative character, his enjoyment of honey seems to be one of the driving forces of his life. In a very real way, his identity is informed by quest for honey.

In this proverb, the quest for wisdom is equated to the quest for honey. We are encouraged to earnestly desire and lavishly ingest wisdom as we would sweet honey. It is within this ardent pursuit that our future and hope are secure.

This reminds me of when I made a life changing commitment to the Lord. After falling away from my faith during my college years, I found myself back in church, but feeling like I hit a ceiling: I was settled in my weekly spiritual routine, but I felt dissatisfied. One day, during a retreat, I couldn’t handle this feeling and so I prayed, “God, I want to follow you wherever you lead me and whatever it costs.” It was a prayer for the wisdom of God to be my source of leading.

Over eleven years later, my future and my hope are still founded on that prayer for wisdom. While there have been ups and downs, God’s wisdom and how it guides my life has been sweetness and goodness to me.

This morning, let’s ask ourselves the question: “Where do I find my hope and future?” If it is not the wisdom that comes from God, be reminded of how sweet this wisdom is for us. Let’s go to Him and ask for it. As James (1:5) writes, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” 

Prayer: God, I pray that Your wisdom will fill me. I ask that my future and hope will be grounded in You. Lead me each step of the way.

Bible Reading for Today: Luke 2


Lunch Break Study

Read James 1:5-8: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Questions to Consider

  1. What is our confidence in asking God for wisdom?
  2. What does this passage reveal about God’s grace?
  3. What does doubt in asking reveal about us?

Notes

  1. Our confidence is that God is a gracious and generous God. He desires to bless us.
  2. God gives without reproach. He doesn’t give according to merit, but out of His love.
  3. Our doubts reveal a lack of faith in who God says He is in His Word.

Evening Reflection

How confident are you in the Word of God? Is the wisdom of God’s Scripture applied in your life, or is it just a concept you think about? Our future and hope that flows from our pursuit of wisdom arises when we become doers of the Word instead of just hearers. What wisdom is God pressing on your heart to follow? Tonight, make a stand and say yes to the Lord and may His sweetness flow into your life.

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