December 18: “Becoming a Wise Person”

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Be Still

To the best of your ability, get rid of all distractions. Take a couple of minutes to breathe deeply, to quiet yourself in the Lord’s presence. Then, prayerfully ask the Lord to speak to you in this time and let Him know that you will be listening and will make whatever adjustments He will reveal to you.

Today’s Bible Reading:

Habakkuk 1:1–3:19
Revelation 9:1-21
Psalm 137:1-9
Proverbs 30:10

Listen to the Lord

Slowly and reflectively read the following verses and listen to what God will say to you through them. Then, consider writing down any insights He reveals to you.

Proverbs 30:10 (NLT): “Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it.”

Reflections from Scripture:

The book of Proverbs is full of wonderful wisdom nuggets. While most (all?) of us have never “slandered a worker to the employer,” it is simply one example of the kind of wise sayings that we can enjoy and benefit from when we read Proverbs.

If you want to grow in wisdom, pray for it using the principles of James 1:5-7. But then you should begin reading the Proverbs. One way of reading Proverbs that many have found to be beneficial is to read the chapter that corresponds to the day of the month.

We all need plenty of wisdom to live this one life that God has given to us. So ask God for it and then do your part: study Proverbs, spend time with wise people, reflect upon life, and other activities. You will be glad you did!

Spend Time in Prayer

Lord Jesus, I only get one shot at life, and then I will stand before You as You judge my life. So help me to gain wisdom so that I can live well. I pray this in Your Name, Amen.


Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on Facebook.

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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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