• Pursuing Contentment Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 4:4-6

    Continually striving after more out of envy for one’s neighbor is a foolish endeavor. To do so, Ecclesiastes 3:6 says, is to strive after wind. After all, we cannot take our possessions with us. They are fleeting and impermanent. We will give them up when we die, or they may otherwise end up in the hands of someone who has not worked for them (Eccl. 2:20–21). The answer is not to throw up one’s hands and give up working; the answer is to pursue contentment in God and His provision. View Resource

  • Our Ways Before the Lord Devotional

    Proverbs 5:21

    The good that we do will not save us; only the perfect righteousness of Christ can do that. However, the Lord is still pleased to reward His people for what they do in serving Jesus. Since God ponders our paths, we know that He sees all of the good that we do in Jesus’ name, so even if it is not recognized now, it will be recognized on the last day. We can be content to let much of our service remain secret because we know the One who sees in secret will reward us (Matt. 6:4). View Resource

  • Being Truly Wise Devotional

    Proverbs 3:7-8

    Matthew Henry comments, “There is not a greater enemy to the power of religion, and the fear of God in the heart, than conceitedness of our own wisdom.” When we think we know better than the Lord, we have already fallen into sin, and things can only get worse from there. That we might not trust in ourselves above God, we must continually turn to His Word, confess our foolishness, and seek to learn from others who are wiser than we are. View Resource

  • The God Who Hears His People Devotional

    Proverbs 15:29

    God answers the prayer of salvation, when sinners who are not yet part of His family trust in Christ. He does not answer this prayer based on the merits of those who pray it; rather, He answers it because He regenerates those who call on Him before they call on Him. He initiates the prayer and then responds to it. He answers the prayer based on His own righteousness, for that is the only way human beings, who are wicked by nature since the fall of Adam, can be saved. View Resource

  • The Sorrow That Attends Knowledge Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 1:16-18

    Coming to understand the limitations of our knowledge and wisdom can be deeply sorrowing. At the same time, however, there are senses in which it can be liberating. First, knowing the limits of our own understanding forces us to flee for refuge to Christ and to recognize that we are ever-dependent on the grace of His wisdom. Furthermore, knowing that our wisdom is limited frees us from the burden of feeling like we must be an expert in all areas of life and knowledge. View Resource

  • Parallelism Devotional

    Proverbs 10:1

    Understanding how the different biblical genres work will help us avoid misinterpretation, thereby improving our ability to find the wisdom that God is showing us in His Word. Our Creator commends the careful study of His Word (2 Tim. 2:15), and this careful study is essential for building the knowledge that is necessary for true wisdom. Getting a grasp of the basic, sound principles of biblical interpretation is a must for discipleship. View Resource

  • Learning the Will of the Lord Devotional

    Ephesians 5:17

    Knowing the will of the Lord — a church united in truth and love — is easy. Fulfilling our part in accomplishing this end, however, is more difficult. On account of our fallenness, we do not readily seek harmony but are more apt to gossip and backbite. Furthermore, we often prize our own opinions over the truth. If we are guilty of these sins, then we are not acting to fulfill God’s will but are foolish, unprofitable servants. View Resource

  • The Mystery’s of God’s Purpose Devotional

    Ephesians 1:8-9

    Wisdom, the ability to put what we know into right action, seems to be in short supply these days, but Paul assures us that we have the wisdom needed to live for Christ as a gift of divine grace. The Holy Spirit who dwells within us brings this wisdom to mind as we pray, contemplate His Word, and seek to put the commandments of God into practice. We must therefore not neglect to pray and hear Scripture preached faithfully on a regular basis. View Resource

  • Wisdom in the World Devotional

    Colossians 4:5

    One commentator has said that things would be drastically different on the mission field at home and abroad if believers felt the same urgency to reach others with the gospel as they do to secure their own welfare. The wealth and standard of living that most of us enjoy are not evil in themselves, but it can be tempting to spend all our time seeking to improve our lot while ignoring the destiny of the lost people all around us. View Resource

  • Christ Our Wisdom Devotional

    Colossians 2:3

    The gospel is scandalous to unbelievers even though Christ is the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:18–31). But it is important to note that the message is to be scandalous, not our actions. We must take care not to add to the offense of the gospel by being rude and self-righteous, even though we must always clearly proclaim God’s salvation. Let us pray for unbelievers we know, and even for ourselves, that all might see the sufficiency of Christ. View Resource

  • Wisdom Through Suffering Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 7:1-13

    In his novel Redburn, Herman Melville writes, “Not till we know, that one grief outweighs ten thousand joys, will we become what Christianity is striving to make us.” Though Scripture is clear that suffering in itself is painful, it is also plain that the Lord has a good purpose in our pain, using it for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28). Hurting itself should not make us glad, but we should rejoice in suffering, for we know that God uses it to perfect us. View Resource

  • Nothing New Under the Sun Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 1:9

    As we begin our study of Ecclesiastes, take some time today to consider where you have turned to solve the basic questions of life. Before you knew Jesus, where did you look for meaning? Where do you look for meaning today? Do you look to His Word? When you find yourself looking for answers to life’s ultimate questions elsewhere, do you repent and turn to Christ? Such repentance evidences a life that is being transformed by the Spirit. View Resource

  • Solomon’s Wise Request Devotional

    1 Kings 3:1–15

    Solomon’s life illustrates the need to persevere in the wisdom of God. Of course, all those who have truly put their faith in His promises through Christ will not die bereft of this wisdom and thus, salvation; but the way in which we are assured that we have faith is to persevere in seeking His wisdom. Seek God’s wisdom in His Word both preached and read, and you will certainly find it. View Resource

  • Wisdom and Life Devotional

    Proverbs 3:13–18

    Our forebears rejected God’s wisdom in Eden, but in His grace He has made a way for mankind to feast on the treasures of Christ so that we might eat from the Tree of Life forevermore. All of us who trust in Jesus alone for salvation enjoy this wisdom that guarantees eternal life, and we have a responsibility to let others know how they too can find this wisdom in Him. Let us show forth how much we treasure this wisdom by sharing the gospel with others. View Resource

  • The Wisdom of God Devotional

    Matthew 22:46

    Truth and wisdom are certainly depicted in logical propositions and abstract concepts. Yet the revelation of the wisdom of God in the person of Jesus Christ must remind us that we have not found wisdom if all we know are propositions and concepts. God’s wisdom is personal and available only through a personal relationship with the Lord Himself. What are you doing to develop your relationship with Jesus as well as your wisdom? View Resource