From Handbook to Scripture, Day 163
READING: PROVERBS 8
The beautiful personification of wisdom as a woman in chapter 8 is a portrait of the perfection of righteousness and morality (verses 8–9). This wisdom is divine (verses 22–31), and is the wellspring of all biological and spiritual life (3:18; 8:35–36). Proverbs stresses that wisdom is not limited to an elite class of people, but is accessible to all who are willing to seek it. As the New Testament teaches, Christ Jesus is the incarnation of wisdom: He “became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). In Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).
Prayer: Lord, may I listen to Your instruction and be wise enough to respond to Your exhortations and find life by seeking Your favor. Let me love You and Your ways, and thus avoid the ways of death.
Meditation passage: verses 32–36
From A Simple Book of Prayers
Pursuing His Ways
I am grateful to You, O God, for the blessing of Your forgiveness. I thank You that in Christ You set me free from the guilt of the past and give me hope for the future.
It is not in a person who walks to direct their steps.
O Lord, correct me, but with justice—
Not in Your anger, lest You reduce me to nothing. (Jeremiah 10:23–24)
“Come now, let us reason together,”
Says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Take a moment to ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord, and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Physical exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for both the present life and the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8)
I will flee youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)
Lord, I praise You for Your righteous judgments and for Your plan to humble the proud. May I draw near to You in my heart and not merely my actions. May I pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: The Works of God—Redemption
Behold, a virgin shall be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call His name Immanuel, which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
After His baptism and temptation, Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)
The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. (Matthew 9:6)
Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.” He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners. (Matthew 9:12–13)
Where Jesus went, the blind received sight, the lame walked, the lepers were cured, the deaf heard, the dead were raised up, and the good news was preached to the poor. (Matthew 11:5)
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was well-pleasing in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.” (Matthew 11:25–27; Luke 10:21–22)
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving Self Correctly
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1–4)