Proverbs 15: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Mediation for the Day

Ben Peddicord

Proverbs 15:16

While reading through this book of wisdom, we are continually reminded of where wisdom begins. Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10 both remind us that wisdom is directly related to the fear of the Lord. As we read through chapter 15, we see a number of comparisons or antitheses to give guidance and encourage the pursuit of what is best, what is good, and what is wise. This verse is in a string of proverbs that give comparison of one thing that is better than another.  It follows a line of comparing contentment with covetousness, worry and wealth, and then treasure and turmoil.

The nature of this proverb is again pointing back to the value of wisdom and the seriousness of the fear of the Lord. When we remember the way in which Scripture explains what this fear means, we need to know that it is not a fear of punishment or consequence, but reverential awe accompanied with respect and love for our God and Father. We are reminded in Scripture to not take our relationship with God lightly, and we should have a healthy respect for our almighty Father (Heb 10:31).

Ultimately, the value of wisdom far surpasses earthly treasure. True wisdom brings with it contentment (1 Tim. 6:6).  John Kitchen writes that it is “better to trust God with your investment portfolio than to throw aside the boundaries of His revealed will and attempt to gain financial security through your own frantic attempts to amass a financial sanctuary.” While it is important to be careful with finances, treasures can become an idol.  In what ways do you find yourself paying too much attention to your own financial stability? In what ways are you seeking to grow in your knowledge of God’s will through the reading and meditation of Scripture?

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