Monday, May 26, 2014

seeking wisdom

Good evening friends,
As we remember those who served their country in the armed services, especially those who lost their lives in that service, let us also pray for peace. Today's reading is from Proverbs, which is often attributed to King Solomon. The passage is a poem praising the virtues of wisdom. In the Bible wisdom isn't just smarts; it's ethically engaged, experience-based, intelligence. Solomon writes that knowing God is the root of wisdom. Seeking wisdom is a good goal in all we do as we try to grow in knowledge and faith.

God bless,

Proverbs 2:1-15

My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you,
2making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;
3if you indeed cry out for insight, and raise your voice for understanding;
4if you seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures—
5then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
6For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,
8guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his faithful ones.

9Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;
10for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11prudence will watch over you; and understanding will guard you.
12It will save you from the way of evil, from those who speak perversely,
13who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
14who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil;
15those whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.

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