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What, Why, How, When

Proverbs 17:24
A discerning man keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 19:8

He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
he who cherishes understanding prospers.

I've been reading my devotion from The Narrarated Bible, a chronological compilation of the scriptures. In Proverbs, the arranger divided the book by topics rather than chapters and verses. Today's section included proverbs on "discernment and understanding." This was timely for me today as in a few minutes Jayme and I are headed out for a prayer walk as part of a week of fasting we're doing. Our discipline is to take time quarterly for a "review" - to make sure we're in line with God's assignment and purpose for us in the season. We each felt that the time we're in now, that what we asking of the Lord is for discernment.

My tendency is to look so far ahead that I overlook what is right in front of me. That's why 17:24 stood out to me so much. Since the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, I feel that a new sense of reverence for God and a call to holiness is what is before me right now. Don't get lost in looking around or ahead, but keep focused right now. Personal holiness and understanding are tied together for me. Worship releases wisdom.

In 19:8, I'm reminded about John's prayer four our souls to prosper. Ending the inner turmoil of doubt and unsettledness requires understanding, requires a pursuit of wisdom. Wisdom is the "what" of life, understanding is the "how" and "when," discernment is the "why."

Lord, as You reveal the "what" and "why" for us, help me to walk in the "how" and "when."

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