Proverbs 9: King James Bible
Live Wisely – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nine, Verses 11-12
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. 12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Live Wisely
You’re making the bed you’re going to sleep in. If you live wisely, you’ll reap the fruits of living so. If you live scornfully, you’ll reap the same.
On the surface, this seems to be simple common sense. This shouldn’t be groundbreaking information, particularly for we who are saved.
But for quite some time now, the wisdom of the Lord has been replaced by the wisdom of the world in nearly every venue, and the scornful gain more public respect than anyone that adheres to the ways of the Lord. I don’t feel like I’m stretching it any when I say, that the verses above are easy to read, easy to say, but in many circumstances are difficult, to nearly impossible, to live out.
Note, I said nearly impossible. All things are possible to the Father, and to those who believe. The Holy Ghost inside of you, pumping wisdom into your spirit, giving you the best possible counsel that that the Blood of the Lamb can buy, and opening you up to profound understanding, will not force you to listen or obey the sound advice and wisdom of the Lord.
The Lord will not force you to be wise in your decision making. He offers us wisdom to use for our own benefit, but should we refuse it, we reap the fruit of whatever the alternative winds up being.
Living wisely by the Holy Ghost, will indeed prolong your life. One measurable method to prove this out, is by looking at the consequences of living foolishly. You’ll find that suicides, early deaths, injuries, illnesses, and all things of the like, plague people that live foolishly.
I’m not saying that whoever gets sick is foolish, or anything like that. But a foolish or a scornful lifestyle will throw all protections from the Lord to the wind, and invites all kinds of undesirable (and sometimes predictable) consequences. Just ask Samson.
The Father knows this, and has done everything short of making our own decisions for us, to aid us throughout our lifetimes. I believe that when the day comes to stand before the Father, we’ll be shocked to know all of the times that the Lord called, yet we didn’t listen.
The Lord reached out his hand, yet we did not take hold. The Lord was anxious to fight in our behalf, yet we caved in to pressure and had forgotten the Lord. The Lord removed all of the burdens, yet we pick them back up, and sling them back on our shoulders.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 19: King James Bible
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Mark 9: King James Bible
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Luke 7: King James Bible
32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
James 1: King James Bible
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
Thank you for taking liberties with us, and taking care of all of the thankless things that you do for us throughout our lives. You do not get the credit you deserve for all that you do, yet there are those who deny your existence. Forgive them Father, they haven’t got a clue what they’re missing, and we pray that you draw those who you’ve foreseen, to be raked into the fold. Tell them Lord, come. And we also pray that you come, Lord, in your Kingdom and in your great glory!We place our hopes in you, and ask that you speak louder to those of us who are willing, but are spiritually hard of hearing. In the name of the Lord Jesus we pray.
Biblically speaking, if there were such a scale for your life thus far, that measured between living foolishly or living wisely, which direction would the scale tip?