With great wisdom comes great responsibility
From Proverbs: A 31-Day Devotional
Have you ever sat through a history, science, or even a math class and thought, When will I ever use this?
It’s easy to let knowledge pass us by if we don’t believe it will be useful in our day-to-day lives.
Studying for a math exam is much different than studying the Bible. When we read the Bible, we come across truths we can apply to our circumstances. We gain knowledge and wisdom when we read God’s Word, but it is what we do with that knowledge and wisdom that is most important.
With wisdom comes great responsibility. The wisdom you receive is meant to serve a greater good. In Proverbs 24:11-12, King Solomon warns us to protect others in harm of danger or sin. We are held responsible for what we know. What a powerful role to have!
When we find wisdom, we have a responsibility to do the right thing and to guide others to do what is right as well. When we use the wisdom we’ve received and share it with others, it blesses our life and the lives of those around us. Proverbs 24:14 says wisdom is “sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”
Growing in wisdom is truly sweet, and it doesn’t have to be scary. Though we may have a huge responsibility, we can know that the Lord has our back. When others want to mock us for doing what’s right instead of what’s easy, Proverbs 24:19-20 encourages us, “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked, for the evil man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.”
As you read through Proverbs, hold onto the wisdom you gain. Allow wisdom from the Lord to be your foundation. Learn to wield it well by being honest and fair, prudent, and hardworking in every area of your life (Proverbs 24:23-34).
- Is fear holding you back from trusting God’s wisdom in your life?
- Are there any areas of your life where you need to focus on becoming more honest, fair, or hardworking?
- What’s one thing God is teaching you in His Word that you can share to keep someone else from trouble?