Get Wisdom at Any Cost
1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4 Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”
10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;
they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.
March 4 Devotional Proverbs 4
1. Read through the chapter and circle the word ‘wisdom’ or the word ‘understanding’. Underline the word ‘wicked’.
2. Where can we go to gain wisdom?
3. Verse 13 says, “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” When you get a little older and more experienced in life, you understand the importance of these words. Think of all the lessons that you could have avoided learning the hard-way if you would have only heeded the instructions of God’s Word or godly advice. You can almost hear a parent pleading, “Don’t forget what you know is right; remember what we taught you; Hold on to what you KNOW is true.”
What is an instruction that you wish you would have held on tight to, but you did not?
What was the result in your life?
4. Living a life of faith and integrity is not an easy task. It takes work, energy and effort; it is a journey where wisdom is required to stay on the straight path so that your faith will not be hindered. The wicked will try to snatch you to their path of unrighteousness, but we are to avoid that path completely for it is a path to destruction. Living a life that honors God requires intentional, careful thought. We must be steadfast in all our ways.
God is giving us clear warnings about the end result of straying from a righteous path. Why do you think we allow ourselves to get off-path and head down a wrong, evil, path even though we know the ending will not be good? How can we avoid doing this?
Yesterday we read Proverbs chapter 3. Verse 6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” In your prayer time today- acknowledge God in all areas of your life. Seek his guidance and turn from a direction you know will not end well.