DCLM Daily Manna 2023: DCLM Daily Manna 30 May 2023: The Winning Wisdom
Key Verse: “The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” – (Proverbs 13:14)
TEXT: Proverb 13:1-17 (KJV)
A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
8 The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
If there is any strand of truth that runs through the whole book of Proverbs, it is wisdom – its virtues and the peril of the neglect of it. To be sure, the wisdom spoken of here is not the worldly type that is carnal and devilish. It is wisdom from above. It emanates from the fear of God; it seeks His glory and the good of men. It produces only good fruits. The moral fragrance of such wisdom spreads through today’s text. For instance, it takes wisdom to heed sound parental instructions, control the tongue, exercise diligence and discretion, resist the get-rich-quick temptation, be humble and keep to God’s word.
Truly wise people draw insight from God’s word as from a fountain that is not depletable. They derive such spiritual and moral vigour that enable them to keep steady on the narrow way that leads to eternal life. They are equipped for victorious living. Thus, they are spared the sad experience of getting trapped in the snares of death. Life is full of ups and downs from which none may escape. However, there are so many “snares of death”, which those who foolishly walk in their own ways and forsake God’s word fall into. These are “foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition” (1 Timothy 6:9).
As you pursue your goals today, would you rather put a premium on “the principal thing” (wisdom from above) and be guided by it than to rely on carnal wisdom? True wisdom leads to ultimate victory, peace and fulfilment. Humbly ask it of God this moment and He will give it to you.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: True wisdom resides in the truth in God’s word.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 19-20
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – The Winning Wisdom – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 30 May 2023