Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good.
Proverbs 19:8 ESV
Great verse. The ESV uses the word sense, other version use wisdom. Either way, if we care for our own spiritual well being we will get some sense. When we get it we need to hold onto it. The only way to find what is good is through wisdom or sense, without it we are lost and wondering.
Where do we find sense? In the scriptures of course. It only makes sense. God’s word is the source of all the we need for goodness in this life. If you own a bible, you have the greatest wisdom in the world at your finger tips. Yet, if the pages remain closed you remain cut off from the best resource available to mankind.
The Bible is full of uncommon sense for the common good. We must avail ourselves of this great volume and get some sense. There are those that say “I have already read through the Bible, I don’t need to keep reading it.” That’s a sad commentary, Because, if one ceases to read God’s word on a regular basis they will not keep their understanding. We make many excuses as to why we don’t read God’s word. Some that I have heard and probably used myself in the past are; “I don’t have the time” or “Why read the Old Testament, we live under the New Testament?” These excuse will not suffice when we stand before the Lord in judgement.
Paul said this in his second letter to Timothy; “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (ESV) Paul knew that for Timothy to be all that he could be he needed to know the word of God. He encouraged him to handle the word of God rightly. We too must do the same. In order to do that we need to be in God’s word, every bit of it in order to be approved.
So today, get some sense. Get into God’s word and when you do, hold on to the understanding it gives you.
© 2013 Leo J. Woodman