God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). That great truth of Scripture runs contrary to the main message of this sinful world. We live in a world that constantly encourages us to believe that we can run our lives on our own. Media, friends, and our own sinful hearts cry out that we are in charge of our destinies, that each of us is the captain of our own soul. But then we read or hear God’s Word, and we remember that we are not God. The Bible tells us that we are but dust and mist, here today and gone tomorrow (James 4:14). God is eternal and everlasting. As Jesus said, we cannot add one hour to our allotted lifespans; our destinies are truly in the Father’s hands (Matthew 6:27).
Today’s passage from Proverbs 30 reminds us of the central theme of the book – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). Real wisdom is found in humbling ourselves under the almighty power of God (vv. 2-4). Wisdom comes from knowing and believing God’s Word and letting His Word lead us to a deeper trust in the Lord Jesus Christ (vv. 5-6). Wisdom is asking God to provide for our needs and then worshiping Him rather than the material stuff that He allows us to enjoy (vv. 7-9). And wisdom teaches us to seek our Father’s protection from evil and temptation so that we may honor His great name with holy living (v. 9).
Are you seeking real wisdom today?
The Text (Proverbs 30:1-9)
30 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance.
This man’s utterance to Ithiel:
“I am weary, God,
but I can prevail.
2 Surely I am only a brute, not a man;
I do not have human understanding.
3 I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!
5 “Every word of God is flawless;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not add to his words,
or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
7 “Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.
Questions to Think About
- In what ways do television shows, commercials, and social media (i.e. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook) encourage people to think that they can be their own gods?
- How has God used different life circumstances and events to teach you that He is God and you are not?