Ralph's Daily Devotional - Monday, January 29

Proverbs 2:1-11 assures us of God's willingness to give wisdom to all who seek Him.  Solomon, who wrote this proverb, speaks here from personal experience (1 Kings 3:6-12).

This wisdom is moral wisdom; the ability to wisely discern good from evil.  Solomon has many wise things to tell us in Proverbs, yet he also made a number of very foolish mistakes.

For example, in 1 Kings 11:1-11, he incurs God's anger over his many foolish relationships with pagan women.  In the end, he and his kingdom suffer greatly.  So even Solomon could at times become a fool.  What can we learn from this?

1. Wisdom is useless unless acted upon.  The biggest fools are not those without wisdom, but  those who possess wisdom but fail to use it!

 2. Wisdom in and of itself is incapable of sheltering us from sin and error.  We also need
God's strength and grace.  Temptation is so strong at times that even when we have wisdom to know better, as did Solomon, we still fail and fall.  The good news is that despite Solomon's foolish sins, God did not forsake him.  Neither will He forsake us.

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