August 29

The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom. Proverbs 15:33

Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him. 1 Corinthians 8:2-3

Solomon was known for his great wisdom. His wise sayings are recorded in the Old Testament Book of Proverbs. As I was reading through many of his wise sayings, I was struck by how sensible Solomon’s words are for everyone in every age. He states both the way one should go and then in the next verse tells what happens to those who go against God’s directions for a life well-lived. We know that God has all of the knowledge and wants the best for each one of us; yet we can be found going off on our own, thinking we know best without even lifting our plans up in prayer to ask for divine guidance.

When sadness, loss, and despair reach into our very being, it is with a glimmer of hope that we know that God knows us better than we know ourselves. These are the times when we need to know that God knows our every need and wants what he knows is best for each one of his children. Sometimes we fail to understand, but God’s understanding is beyond unfathomable by us.

Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Lord of all hopefulness give us, we pray, bliss, strength, love, and peace in our hearts. Thank you for including us in your heart and calling each one of us your child. Abundant life is ours through your unending mercy. This is a gift beyond measure. Amen.

Florence Smallfield