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From Wisdom to Joy

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September 10, 2021 8:00 pm

From Wisdom to Joy

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September 10, 2021 8:00 pm

The phone rang and I picked it up without delay. Calling was the oldest member of our church family—a vibrant, hard-working woman who was nearly 100 years old. Putting the final touches on her latest book, she asked some writing questions to help her cross the finish line. As always, however, I soon was asking her questions—about life, work, love, family. Her many lessons from a long life sparkled with wisdom. She told me, “Pace yourself.” And soon we were laughing about times she’d forgotten to do that—her wonderful stories all seasoned with true joy.

Wisdom leads to joy, the Bible teaches. “Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding” (Proverbs 3:13 nlt). We find that this path—from wisdom to joy—is a biblical virtue, indeed. “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy” (Proverbs 2:10 nlt). “God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him” (Ecclesiastes 2:26 nlt). Wisdom “will guide you down delightful paths,” adds Proverbs 3:17 nlt.

Reflecting on life matters, author C. S. Lewis declared that “joy is the serious business of Heaven.” The path there, however, is paved with wisdom. My church friend, who lived to 107, would agree. She walked a wise, joyful pace to the King.

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We're glad you can join us for today's encouragement from the Our Daily Bread devotional. Our reading is titled, From Wisdom to Joy, and it was written by Patricia Rabin.

The phone rang and I picked it up without delay. Calling was the oldest member of our church family, a vibrant, hard-working woman who was nearly 100 years old. Putting the final touches on her latest book, she asked me some writing questions to help her cross the finish line. As always, however, I soon was asking her questions about life, work, love, family. Her many lessons from a long life sparkled with wisdom.

She told me, pace yourself. And soon we were laughing about times she'd forgotten to do that, her wonderful stories all seasoned with true joy. Wisdom leads to joy, the Bible teaches. Proverbs 3 13 says, Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. We find that this path from wisdom to joy is a biblical virtue indeed. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will fill you with joy, says Proverbs 2 10. God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please Him, says Ecclesiastes 2 26. Wisdom will guide you down delightful paths, adds Proverbs 3 17.

Reflecting on the matters of life, author C.S. Lewis declared that joy is the serious business of heaven. The path there, however, is paved with wisdom.

My church friend who lived to be 107 would agree. She walked a wise, joyful pace to the king. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Proverbs chapter 3 verses 13 through 18. Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies.

Nothing you desire can compare with her. All life is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her. Those who hold her fast will be blessed.

Let's pray. Heavenly Father, we thank you for making us wiser as we grow closer to you. Fill our hearts with joy as your spirit guides us in wisdom and we reflect your love to the world around us. May our lives become trees of life that lead many to you. It's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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