Open Heaven 26 September 2019 Devotional – Wisdom & Death, written by Pastor E. A. Adeboye
TODAY’S TOPIC: WISDOM & DEATH
MEMORISE: “For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.” – (Proverbs 1:32)
READ: Proverbs 8:32-36 (KJV)
32. Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children; for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
36. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul; all they that hate me love death.
MESSAGE: Open Heaven 26 September 2019 Devotional
Rejecting wisdom is a pathway that leads to death. Any human endeavour that is not founded on wisdom will sooner or later die a natural death. This is the reason why the Bible say in Proverbs 4:7:
“Wisdom is the principal things; therefore get wisdom; and with all getting get understanding.”
Why does the absence of wisdom result in death? I believe the story of the fox, a cunning animal known for its wisdom, should suffice in illustrating this. The lion was feared as the king of all animals in the jungle. However, he had become terribly old and sick and could no longer chase down his prey, so he devised a scheme to help him get his food with ease.
He caught a small rabbit and assured the rabbit that he would not kill it, if the rabbit would go and inform all other animal in the jungle that he has change from being wicked and was now friendly. The rabbit deliver this message and soon enough, all the animals decided to visit the lion one after the other to convey their “get-well-soon” greetings to him. However, every animal that went did not return. When it was the fox’s turn to visit, he did not go inside the lion’s den; rather, he stayed outside and greeted the lion from a distance.
Today: Open Heaven 26 September 2019 by Pastor E. A. Adeboye
The lion said to the fox, “Oh my friend Mr. Fox, you also came? That’s very thoughtful of you; please come in! Why are you greeting me from so far away? “The fox replied, “O king of the jungle, live forever! I am okay outside here, thank you!” Startled, the lion asked, “How do you mean you are comfortable in the sun?” The fox answered, “To be frank with you, O king, I really doubt your sudden change of attitude, and I fear that you are not genuinely sick!” While the fox was saying all this, he kept retreating further and further away from the lion’s den. “When I got here, I saw the footprints of those who came in to greet you, but I cannot see any foot print coming out!” said the fox, and he fled for his dear life. This was how wisdom preserved the fox from ending up is the belly of the lion.
I encourage you to embrace wisdom in all you do. God’s word is the source of all wisdom, instilling godly fear in our hearts. A lover of wisdom is a lover of life, and to be wise is to embrace the principles of God’s word and the type of lifestyle it teaches. Doing so means death will be far away from you. Is wisdom your friend?
PRAYER POINT: Father, I believe in the effectiveness of Your wisdom to guarantee life, please fill me with the wisdom that distinguishes a person in all areas of endeavour.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Kings 18, Daniel 8:1-14
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