Whenever I hear the word “gain” I think it is related to “weight.” Especially my weight. There are very few mornings that I do not step on the scale to get my “daily report” on what I ate yesterday. Most nutritionists do not recommend such a program. But my hope to see the arrow pointing downward remains steadfast.
A gain or increase can be good or bad, exciting or depressing,
encouraging or discouraging, depending on what the gain refers to. If we
depend on the stock market, a gain can be a good thing. But, if we see a
gain in our personal debt, it can be disturbing. Our gains or losses,
for the most part, are usually in the physical realm.
Solomon, however, speaks of a type of gain, or being able to attain
some “thing” as long as we live. Educators speak of “life” valuable and
available to and offered to us in Proverbs. Our “attaining” more of
God’s wisdom is very important for all Christians. We are constantly
challenged to “grow” throughout Scripture and Proverbs provides the
The word used for wisdom in this verse also means skillfulness –
applying knowledge that comes from God to our lives every day so we can
do “things” right.
As we go one step further, we come to the fact that it is possible to
develop decision making skills that are God honoring and enable us to
establish life-principals that will bring us success. God’s proverbs can
guide us through life, help us in our relationships with others, lead
to good practices in business, enrich our homes and bless God.
Prayer: Lord, You’ve left us “no excuses” on how
we are to live life if we are Christians. Thanks for the directions! In
Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 1:2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;