Welcome to Day 2 of our daily study in Proverbs. Remember to read the chapter we are on each day before going through these devotions. That way, you will have context for what the chapter says before we zoom in on a few verses for discussion.
The first 5 verses of Chapter 2 remind us that wisdom must be pursued. We must work for it, look for it, and hunt it down like a hidden treasure. It won’t just turn up in our lives without consistent intentionality on our part. It’s good to ask for wisdom, but it’s better to actually pursue it. God tells us in this chapter that when we pursue wisdom with all our hearts, we will begin to experience things like wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and success in life. That’s good news!
Lets look at verses 7 and 8 briefly. These two verses state that we will be granted success if we are “upright,” protection if we’re “blameless,” and guidance if we’re “faithful.” If you’re like me, you may read those verses and think, “Well, looks like I’m out. I’m not sure what upright means, but I’m probably not that. I’m definitely not blameless. As much as I try, I fail at being faithful more times than I’d like to admit.” We can often read scriptures like these and subsequently convince ourselves that we are beyond disqualified from what God is promising. However, we must remember that upon repentance, we are made perfect and “blameless” in God’s sight.
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
When we repent, we are made perfectly righteous in God’s eyes. That means that we DO qualify for the wisdom, guidance, and protection that God is promising in this chapter. Take some time today and talk to God about any areas in your life where you know you need forgiveness, and then repent if necessary. Tell God that you want to put Him in the driver’s seat, and completely surrender your life to Him.
The later parts of this chapter say that when we live life with a spirit of humility, submitting to God and seeking his direction, He guides our path toward prosperity. He helps us avoid mistakes that lead to all kinds of regret and heartache, and He helps us stay on “every good path.” Be excited that you are putting Him in control, and that He is leading you towards the specific future he has planned out for you.
My prayer for you is that you would begin to experience unexplainable PEACE from God as you confess and give Him control. No matter what you’re dealing with in life right now, you can rest in the fact that He is in control, He has a plan, and He is working in your life.
Have a great day!