Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"
Briefing: Have you ever heard the comedy routine by Eddie Murphy about the woman who constantly asks, "What have you done for me lately?"
Dispatch (Assignment): What are some of the benefits of your job? How long do the benefits last? Read Proverbs chapter 2.
On the Street: One of the funniest Christmas movies of all time is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I love the character named Cousin Eddie. Toward the end of the movie, Clark Griswold gets his end of year bonus. It is a membership in the Jelly-of-the-Month club. Cousin Eddie says, "Clark, that's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year long". Wisdom is the gift that never stops giving, unlike the question, "what have you done for me lately."
If you were to go to the streets asking people if they would like to possess wisdom, gain understanding, have knowledge, possess discernment, be protected and be safe from the ways of wicked men, what do you think their response would be? It is amazing how easy it is to have all of these. Why are people so skeptical? I can't imagine anyone not wanting wisdom!
Wisdom, understanding and knowledge are yours for the taking although you do have to accept it. Verse 4 says that we have to look for it. This verse goes on to say that it is of such importance that we should search for it like hidden treasure. Jesus says that we should seek the kingdom of heaven like this.
The actions we take, like those in verses 1-4, will result in the promised benefits found in the rest of the chapter. As you read verses 5 and on, the flood gates of His blessing burst.
Verses 7 & 8 explain God's protection over us. The thought of God holding victory for me before I even run the race is exciting. Knowing that the first place medal already has my name engraved on it before the race begins is awesome. Then the next verse says He is my shield. God, who goes before me, protecting me from every attack. The only requirement is that I continue to follow Him. If I veer off course, I move out from the cover of His shield.
The next benefit is an understanding of every good path. We have a saying where I work, "just tell me the rules and I will follow them". It is difficult to be successful at playing football if you don't know the rules. This benefit of wisdom is the understanding of every good path. This is important to our journey as Christians.
Discretion will protect you, understanding will guard you, and wisdom will save you from wicked men and the adulteress.
Highlights from the Read: Our actions in verse 3, calling and crying out, match wisdom's actions in 1:20-21.
Investigational Resources: Matthew 13:44 is the parable of the hidden treasure. Jeremiah 33:3 is an example of calling out to God and Him giving us wisdom. Romans 11:33-36 is a doxology written about God's wisdom. Proverbs 2:21 says the upright will live in the land, this is also mentioned in Psalm 37:11 and by Jesus in Matthew 5:5.
Officer Safety Principle: Stay in God's Word. Searching for wisdom like searching for treasure. Wisdom is found in His Word.
from The Book of Proverbs Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2013 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.