Proverbs 22: King James Bible
Words of the Wise – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty two, Verse
17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. 18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. 19 That thy trust may be in the Lord, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, 21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Words of the Wise
I mean… Wow. Above, is the Lord’s reasoning for us to have gone through all of the different verses and lessons up to this point. So wee apply our hearts to knowledge, to be fitted in our lips, that we trust in the Lord, and have words of truth as an answer when approached.
Words of the wise written on the tablet of our hearts, in preparation for whatever situation may befall us, or to give answers to questions presented to us via the wisdom and knowledge of the Father, rather than the “awesome ideas” of man. That’s what all of this has been about when you think about it. The five verses above summarize the Lord’s reasoning beautifully, however there are some commandments that are tucked in there that we need to be paying attention to.
First we’re instructed to “bow down our ear and hear.” That’s an action that we’re held responsible for. Next is to apply our hearts to the knowledge of the Lord. So hear what the Lord has to say, then apply it to your life. He says what to do, so do it.
Yeah I know… It’s a real easy thing to type, even easier to read, but following through with such a thing is extremely difficult in many different circumstances. But thanks be to the Lord, we’ve got the Holy Ghost to help us out, and to stir into our remembrance whatever we may need, after having made an effort to hear and apply his Word.
Many of the other things that the Lord goes through in the verses above, are “if’s” and “might’s.” These hinge on us, and our own walk with him, mingled in with some life experiences. These are results of our response to his instruction.
Many of us have people, even our own children, coming to us in search of words of the wise. When it is ever at all possible, the best thing we can possibly do, is remove our own opinions, and give the words of the wisest being that will ever exist.
If it is someone who doesn’t like to be preached to, fine. Just don’t tell him where you’ve received the information from. There will be an opportunity to do so later on down the road. Remember, wise as serpents, innocent as doves. The Lord isn’t bent on getting us on copyright infringement if we use his Word on unbelievers, without making it known that it is his Word.
This is one method to get the Word of God into someone’s system, without them even having any idea about it. They might just see it as good sound and wise sayings or advice. But after the Word does its work, eventually they may just come up to you one day and inquire where you get all of this great and deep knowledge.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 24: King James Bible
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Mark 8: King James Bible
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Luke 8: King James Bible
21 And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
John 5: King James Bible
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 14: King James Bible
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Revelation 3: King James Bible
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Thank you for the verses above, explaining why we’ve been learning these things in particular through this book of Proverbs. Your thoughts toward us are made plain through these verses, and we are humbled by your attention. Help us to use that which you’ve given, to be more of a success in this life, whatever measure you will, and to help to lift others out of the world through the power and purity of your Word, and be a blessing to them as well through your wisdom and knowledge. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Ever notice how much different the the words of the wise that come from the Lord are compared to the world’s version?
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