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November 25, 2022

If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. Proverbs 9:12 (NLT)

Wisdom can save you in many ways.

It reminds me of a tale I heard about a man named George. As floodwaters rose around his house, George prayed, “God, I’m believing You will rescue me from this situation.” His neighbour suddenly paddled by in his canoe and offered George a ride, but George refused. “No, it’s okay. I’m waiting on God to rescue me.”

A while later, a river patrol boat pulled up after seeing George stranded on his roof. They, too, offered him a lift, but George declined. “I’ll be fine. God is going to deliver me.” Finally, a helicopter flew over and noticed George clinging for dear life to his rooftop antenna. They dropped down a rope ladder, but George shouted up, “No thanks—God will rescue me!”

Well, George didn’t make it. Arriving in Heaven, he asked God, “What happened? I believed You would save me, but I drowned!” The Lord looked at him and said, “George, I sent you a canoe, a patrol boat and a helicopter. What more did you want?”

You see, without wisdom or discernment, we can find ourselves like George—blind to opportunities or solutions to our issues that have God’s fingerprints all over them. That’s why He’s given us wisdom throughout His Word to learn and apply in our lives. Whatever you’re facing, wisdom can help you figure out everything from the correct business decision to how to handle a stepchild’s hurt feelings.

To stay fed, I read one chapter from the book of Proverbs every day, and I’d challenge you to do the same. God can certainly perform miraculous rescues... but using His wisdom can deliver you from more than you may realize.

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