September 16 - Long-Lasting Dividends

By Mike Clarensau

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 23:15-16

Central Thought: The benefits of wisdom never decline.

    Some time ago the Western world was captivated by a game show that offered a million dollars to those who could come up with the right final answer. People set aside their evenings to play along and imagine what it would be like to be on the receiving end of such a payoff. Of course, most knew that only the contestant would actually get the cash, but what's wrong with dreaming?

    Rarely do we see the answers we offer produce such significant rewards. In fact, right choices often go unnoticed. That can be especially frustrating when someone making wrong choices is cashing in. If, like Solomon, people were given one wish, few would spend it on wisdom. Cash and prizes would more likely be targeted.

    But wisdom has a way of paying off over and over again. Even a million dollars declines as it is used. You simply can't have your cash and spend it too! But wisdom has an enduring quality. The more you demonstrate it, the more it pays—and sometimes the dividends last even longer than you do.

    The writer of today's Scripture clearly treasures wisdom for himself and those he loves. He knows that speaking, and doing the right things bring a harvest that doesn't diminish with time. Instead, the fruit of wisdom keeps growing and growing.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, I want many things, but I know that wisdom from You is the greatest treasure. It's also one thing that You encouraged me to ask for. Today, that's what I ask for most of all.

Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 22:1-24:23; Galatians 2:17-3:9; Psalm 60:1-12; Proverbs 23:15-16