Life is all about choices and consequences – you make them and you take them. Some of our choices bring us consequences which make us happy and fulfilled. However, most of us also have a long list of choices we have made which brought us sadness, anxiety, and pain. It is fair to say that we would generally prefer to go through life making choices which allow us to avoid negative consequences. If only there was some source of advice which would guide us to making good choices in the practical matters of this life…this is your lucky day!! The wisdom of the ages is yours for the taking – all you need to do is read and heed and your life will take a dramatic turn for the better!
Where can one find this treasure trove of sagacious sayings? Really close to the middle of your Bible – the book of Proverbs contains the wisdom of the “wisest man who ever lived.” Proverbs 1 introduces the book as, “The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young.” As we study this book together, we will find that God has graciously provided us with a “how to” book on navigating our way through the wiles of this world. This past Sunday we discussed seven benefits of wisdom in our lives. I encourage you to consider these benefits and take advantage of the best advice you will ever receive on living a life of joy and happiness.
One of the choices you get to make every day is to pray or not pray. It is completely up to you. If you choose not to pray, you are denying yourself the opportunity to petition the all-powerful, eternal, Creator of the Universe. If you choose to pray, you have a one-on-one audience with The Supreme Being of the Universe who holds the power to answer all your prayers. And the wise person chooses…
-Pastor Dave Jones