Our Daily Bread Devotional July 5, 2022 || ODB Today Message For Tuesday
July 5, 2022 – Our Daily Bread Devotional || ODB Today
READ TUESDAY ODB DEVOTIONAL, OUR DAILY BREAD 5TH JULY 2022 WRITTEN BY AMY BOUCHER PYE (OUR DAILY BREAD MINISTRIES)
TOPIC: Wisdom and Understanding
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 2:1–11
KEY VERSE: For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. – Proverbs 2:6
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Job 30–31; Acts 13:26–52
Our Daily Bread Devotional July 5, 2022 INSIGHT
The book of Proverbs helps us understand theology—the nature of wisdom as centered in God—and also guides us toward practical skill in living. From an ethical standpoint, this leads to flourishing not only for the individual but also for the community. The proverbs of the Bible help guide us toward wise attitudes and behavior and away from foolish ones.
Some of the insights found in this book include: relationships (6:16–19), sexual ethics (6:24–29), listening to advice (9:7–9), work ethics (10:4–5), business ethics (11:1, 24–26), planning (16:1–3, 9, 33), dealing with authority (23:1–3), the misuse of alcohol (23:29–35); relationships with friends/neighbors (24:28–29; 27:17), conflict (26:17, 20–21), anger (27:3–4), taking care of the vulnerable (28:27), and the danger of pride (29:23).
Our Daily Bread Devotional July 5, 2022 MESSAGE
In 1373, when Julian of Norwich was thirty years old, she became ill and nearly died. When her minister prayed with her, she experienced a number of visions in which she considered Jesus’ crucifixion. After miraculously recovering her health, she spent the next twenty years living in solitude in a side room of the church, praying over and thinking through the experience. She concluded that “love was his meaning”; that is, that Christ’s sacrifice is the supreme manifestation of God’s love.
Julian’s revelations are famous, but what people often overlook is the time and effort she spent prayerfully working out what God revealed to her. In those two decades, she sought to discern what this experience of His presence meant as she asked Him for His wisdom and help.
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As He did with Julian, God graciously reveals Himself to His people, such as through the words of the Bible; through His still, small voice; through a refrain of a hymn; or even just an awareness of His presence. When this happens, we can seek His wisdom and help. This wisdom is what King Solomon instructed his son to pursue, saying he should turn his ear to wisdom and apply his heart to understanding (Proverbs 2:2). Then he would “find the knowledge of God” (v. 5).
God promises to give us discernment and understanding. As we grow in a deeper knowledge of His character and ways, we can honor and understand Him more.
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REFLECT: How does God reveal Himself to you most often? When He does, how do you come to understand what He’s revealed?
PRAY: Gracious God, help me to grow in Your wisdom.
Our Daily Bread Devotional July 5, 2022 Message . Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread. our daily bread booklet.