Athlete, Work for Wisdom
Proverbs 3:10 (New International Version)
… then your barns will be filled to overflowing …
How about this for a list of employee benefits — prolonged life, soul prosperity, favor won, a good name in the sight of God and others, straightened paths and a good sense of direction, body health and healing, and a life of fruitfulness.
Check out Proverbs 3:1–10 and see the list for yourself. These are the inevitable benefits for one who works for Wisdom. Wow!
According to these Scriptures, this is what working for Wisdom looks like and how to receive its fantastic benefits:
TREASURE God’s commands, hiding them deep within and keeping them activated. They are goooood (Proverbs 3:1,2)!
“WEAR” love and loyalty all the time, like favorite jewelry over the neck and heart. The wise dress like this every day (Proverbs 3:3,4).
TRUST God. Period. Trust Him with all your heart, in all your ways, no competing voices (including your own). Always acknowledge Him (Proverbs 3:5,6).
REJECT pride. “Never wise in my own eyes.” Treat pride like a great enemy. It is. Always make room for confidence but never for pride (Proverbs 3:7).
UNDERSTAND yourself well. Good self-awareness is critical. Get it. It usually comes from God and others, not just personal experience. Reading the Bible helps a lot. It’s like a mirror, helping us see ourselves as we ought.
FEAR the Lord. A proper fear of God casts out all other fears. Wisdom grows best in the soil of one good fear (Proverbs 3:7).
SHUN evil. When it comes to sin, look the other way, go the other way. Fast. Get some strong ”rim protection.” Wave the finger and say, “Not in my house!” (Proverbs 3:7).
DECLARE to God regularly, “What’s mine is Yours” and “You get my best, not my leftovers” (Proverbs 3:9,10).
Reflect: Are you working for Wisdom, experiencing its tremendous benefits?
How’s your treasuring, wearing, trusting, rejecting, understanding, fearing, shunning and declaring going?
Play for Wisdom.
Pray for Wisdom.
Work for Wisdom.
The benefits are unbeatable!
A prayer to consider: Heavenly Father, You are my true wisdom and my great reward. You are so worthy, so worth it. I praise You! By Your Spirit fill me with wisdom and help me follow hard after You in joyful obedience today. Thank You for the life, death, resurrection and return of Jesus “in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden” (Colossians 2:3). Amen.