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Devotional - week of May 25, 2003


THE RICHES OF DIVINE WISDOM

Happy is the man who finds wisdom … Proverbs 3:13a

The Book of Proverbs is filled with statements declaring the benefits of possessing wisdom.

The Book of James promises that wisdom is available to those who ask for it with faith.

First Corinthians 1:30a reveals another way believers may have the privilege of possessing divine wisdom. The passage reads:

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God …

Because God placed us “in Christ Jesus,” Jesus becomes our wisdom from God.

Some of us who are “in Christ” do not always seem to be filled with wisdom. So, we must understand Paul’s statement to include the thought of our living out our union with Christ in crucifixion, burial, and resurrection that results in Jesus being our wisdom.

Consider the riches of wisdom that are ours when we live out the “in Christ” truths:

…her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies … Proverbs 3:14-15a

The passage continues:

And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her … Proverbs 3:15b-18

All is ours if we will take it.