Proverbs 21: King James Bible
Dwelling Place – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 20
20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Dwelling Place
Here’s another great verse, which pits the wise against the foolish. Take care to realize, that the word being used is foolish, not just a fool. It is my belief that there is an enormous difference between someone who behaves foolishly, and an all out fool.
The Word tells us that it is a fool who says in his heart that there is no God. On the other hand, we all have the capability of being foolish, whether or not we’ve been Born Again.
I believe this to be true, because I have lived it far too often in the past. Having done so, and suffered miserably for various foolish behavior, I’ve found one constant. When we who are saved by the blood of the Lamb and are Born Again, do things foolishly, we will indeed suffer the consequences for it.
However, the Spirit of the Lord gives us the strength and ability to endure through it, where otherwise we would have no strength. He will also work the situation in the end for your good, using it as an opportunity to teach some valuable lessons that you wouldn’t have been in the position to accept otherwise.
Having said all of that, it is always a preferred thing to learn things the first time through the Word of God, than it is to learn the hard way. There is one of the major differences between someone who is being wise versus someone who is behaving foolishly. Obedience to the Lord the first time, not just after calamity comes by way of our own foolishness.
The verse above denotes the difference between the two, by using stuff as an example. The dwelling place of the wise is full of treasure and things of value, and the dwelling place of the foolish isn’t even taken into account, because he’s spent up everything he’s acquired.
The Lord used an example similar to this, while he was giving a description of a well versed scribe. He brought out of his house something old, and something new. Now the Lord used this example to teach on many other things, but you can’t help but recognize one thing. This doesn’t happen by way of squandering, or behaving foolishly.
If we look at the dwelling place of the foolish man, there’s nothing to show. This is something that can be applied in three facets of your lives; Spiritually, physically, and financially. All can be greatly influenced and controlled by simple obedience to the Word of God.
It is no coincidence, that this world of sin, irresponsibility, and promotion of debt, are at war with these same three areas of our lives. Sin attacking our spiritual lives (bleeding through into the physical), irresponsibility at war with our physical lives, and debt at war with our prosperity.
All of which the Lord warns us against, and tells us to stay away from. Nobody ever claimed that doing things wisely is easy, but I promise you this…
It’s much better than the alternative, which is paying the consequences of doing things foolishly. Something to mull over for awhile, and really examine for yourselves, would be a couple of things…
Give yourself a bit of an examination (after some prayer to the Lord to open your eyes to anything hidden from you), weigh out and judge for yourselves, the things you invite and store up in the dwelling place of your spirit (your soul), the dwelling place of your soul (your Body), and the dwelling place of your body (your home).
Which are you allowing to be stored up around you, and what are you allowing into the gates of your eyes and ears? What kind of stuff are you laying up in your household, and who is being glorified? The enemy is prowling around us as a lion would it’s prey, so it never hurts to take an assessment to make sure there isn’t any windows left open, giving place for the enemy to influence us, and cause for us to be the foolish man, rather than the wise man.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 10: King James Bible
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Matthew 13: King James Bible
52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
Romans 8: King James Bible
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
1 Corinthians 1: King James Bible
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
Thank you for your Word and your wisdom, being made available to all who seek it from you, through and by your Holy Spirit. Forgive us Lord, when we’ve reacted to things foolishly, or dealt foolishly over whatever the matter may be. Help us to stay in the wise column, obedient to your Word, and open our eyes to the things of you that we don’t know, while at the same time giving us the ability to be reminded of that which you’ve already taught us. Keep us from the unnecessary pitfalls of life Father, and please grant us favor and strength, as we move onward through those that are necessary. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus CHrist.
What kind of treasures are filling your dwelling place?