Leadership Devotional 2011, Day 5

The Book of Proverbs has a lot to say on a variety of topics, including the value of wisdom, practical advice on subjects ranging from debt to friendships, and the dangerous allure of immoral women (hey, I didn’t write it, I’m just telling you what’s in there). Most of Proverbs is written in short, easy to memorize sentences, almost like what you’d expect to find on a fortune cookie. Of course, merely memorizing & parroting platitudes doesn’t equate to wisdom – unless put into action, they’re just nice-sounding words.

“My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted.” (Proverbs 2:1-12 NLT)

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