September 3 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6

OLD TESTAMENT

The sage continues to sing the praises of wisdom in Proverbs 3-4. He dishes out advice to his children on life and tells them that “Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom!” (Prov. 4:7). If God used wisdom to create the entire world, then imagine the impact it will have on your world (Prov. 3:19-20)!

The pursuit of God’s wisdom begins with a heart that trusts in Him and His wisdom. This is how we must understand one of the most quoted passages in Scripture. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight” (Prov. 3:5-6). We “trust in the Lord” when we follow the path of wisdom in spite of what we might think! When the Lord declares through His Word and through wise teachers that a path leads to blessing, follow it. When He points out a path that looks favorable but isn’t, keep away. We must learn to trust Him. Moreover, we must acknowledge Him. Imagine a respectful acquiescence to his directive—a nod, if you will, followed by quick obedience. Let us get wisdom so that we may experience a life of blessing. And let us apply that wisdom to our lives with full confidence that God truly does know what is best.

NEW TESTAMENT

The great “love chapter” must be understood within the context of the entire book of 1 Corinthians. Paul has been addressing all kinds of problems in the church—divisiveness, failure to deal with sin, sexual immorality and divorce, the abuse and misuse of Christian liberty, disrespect for authority, getting drunk at the “Lord’s Table,” and using spiritual gifts to impress people. First Corinthians 12:31b forms a bridge leading readers into chapter 13, “And now I will show you the most excellent way.” The better way comes down to one word—love. Really, it’s that simple. The God of all love calls us to love Him and each other!

All of Scripture was written to show us how to love well (Matt. 22:34-40). Love is so great that it supersedes even faith and hope. Someday there will be no more need for faith because we will see what we have been believing by faith! Someday there will be no more need for hope because we will experience what we have been hoping for! But love will last forever. As Jonathan Edwards noted in his sermon of the same title, “Heaven is a world full of love.” We experience a little bit of heaven on earth when we show love to each other. Right here. Right now.


Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.