Read: Proverbs 1
Key Verses: Proverbs 1:1-7. "These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
Devotional: There are of course pros and cons to the technologically advanced society that we find ourselves living in today. As our world has become smaller and more connected we reap the rewards of staying connected to family and friends across the globe. I receive regular updates from former students who are now serving the Kingdom in Turkey, Brazil, Thailand and even across the continental United States. Technology allows us to stay connected. In addition we’re given unparalleled access to a wealth of knowledge on any topic you could ever question. Want to know more about trans-thermal induction (I’m not even sure what that is or for that matter if it’s even a thing) all you have to do is Google it. In fact that very phrase has become “a thing”. I’ve said it countless time and heard others employ it on many occasions when a disagreement surfaces over some bizarre point of information. Let’s settle this right now and “Google it”.
Let me be clear in stating that I am not anti-Google or the internet or against technology at large. I do however worry that with the onslaught of technology at our finger-tips we have slowly (and sometimes not so slowly) begun to shy away from the more true and original source of knowledge.
Gone are the days when God’s Word served as our primary source for “How To…” or “10 Ways to better your Marriage” or “7 Signs of a Man of Character”. God’s Word has been replaced for man’s word on these topics. Anyone with internet access can become a so called expert on any topic. Yet the Proverbs make clear that if you truly long for wisdom and you truly desire to live a successful and disciplined life than you need not look further than the Word of God.
It’s vital information for the young and simple minded and yet still extremely valuable to those already deemed wise. In other words, Proverbs is for the young, the old, the wise, the unwise, the schooled, the unschooled, the mom, the dad, the child, the teenager - all of us.
Take Action: Make a commitment for the next 24 hours to look to God’s Word first for answers to your questions. Keep track of how often your first response is to “Google it” and how often your first response is to open God’s Word.
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