September 9: “Developing a Skill and Enjoying the Journey”

3 Minute Read + Scripture readings


Isaiah 3:1–5:30
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Psalm 53:1-6
Proverbs 22:28-29


Proverbs 22:29 (CSB): “Do you see a person skilled in his work? He will stand in the presence of kings. He will not stand in the presence of the unknown.”


Our Verse for Today provides a very promising principle:

Principle: skillful people are typically given greater opportunities.

(Remember that Proverbs is a book of general truths. They don’t happen all of the time but they tend to happen most of the time. For a brief word on this, click here.)

So, how can we participate in the promising words found in our Verse for Today?

First, strive for skillfulness.

How did God wire you and what do you really like to do?

If what you like to do can help others and bring glory to God, then develop that skill. Read about it. Learn from someone who knows more about it than you. Pray for God’s blessings on this journey. Look for opportunities to practice the skill so that you can get better. Ask for feedback from others and then make the necessary adjustments.

Second, use that skill.

Use it to bless others.

If the Lord has blessed you with the ability to learn a skill, then use it for His glory and thank Him for it. Don’t look to be recognized by others. Just use your skill to bless others and do it to the best of your ability.

Third, watch for ‘open doors.’

Generally, when someone is willing to use their skill to bless others, they begin to notice that God opens doors of opportunity for them to use that skill. As they pray for God’s wisdom and then walk through some of those doors, they may notice that other opportunities (grander is scale) will become available.

Proverbs 22:29 (CSB): “Do you see a person skilled in his work? He will stand in the presence of kings. He will not stand in the presence of the unknown.”

Finally, stay grateful and humble.

With our sinful hearts, we can easily turn God’s blessings into a curse. We can turn a wonderful opportunity to use the skills God has helped us develop into an opportunity for our heads and hearts to swell with pride. Don’t do it!

If you remain humble before God, grateful for His blessings, and maintain a desire to serve others, God may continue to bless you with further opportunities.

2 Chronicles 16:9 (CSB): “For the eyes of the LORD roam throughout the earth to show himself strong for those who are wholeheartedly devoted to him…”

Photo by Bianca Sbircea-Constantin on Unsplash

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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