Wisdom for the New Year

          Like many of you, I’m receiving all kinds of emails, blog posts, Facebook messages, LinkedIn announcements, Pinterest boards, and Twitter tweets giving me thoughts to take into the new year. And like many of you, I don’t have time to read them all. As much as we love each other, we have to be selective with our time at the screen or we’ll never get around to actually living out any of those gems of wisdom.

           Admittedly, this blog is guilty of being a part of the aforementioned fray that could be considered by some as “information overload.” However, I hope you have been able to see “A Heart for the Word” as a little pinpoint of light in your day directing you to a thought from the heart of God as revealed in the Word of God. So as we end this year, let’s consider another bit of His wisdom upon which we can begin to build our goals for next year.

          Toward the end of Solomon’s collection of wise sayings, Proverbs 30:24-28 tells us, “There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise:

  • The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer;
  •  The rock badgers are a feeble folk, yet they make their homes in the crags;
  •  The locusts have no king, yet they all advance in ranks;
  • The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, and it is in kings’ palaces” (NKJ).

       Hear the wisdom of the Proverb as it can be applied to our forward movement:

  1. From the ants’ gathering of food in the summer, let us learn the value of preparation. More than the Boy Scout motto, “always be prepared” is good wisdom. Think first, get educated, write a business plan, build a savings account, purchase insurance, etc.
  2. From the rock badgers’ home building, let us learn the value of a great location. “Location, location, location” is a mantra of the business world, but it’s also a great theme to remind us to seriously consider where we find ourselves and what we are doing while we’re there. Should we be in these places? Should we build in these places? Should we bear our young in these places? Should we bond with others in these places?
  3. From the locusts’ advancement in ranks, let us learn the value of unification. It is a true saying that “no man is an island.” We need each other for support, strength, and encouragement. How can we work together?
  4. From the spiders’ skillful web designs, let us learn the value of utilization. Just as the spiders’ webs can be found in kings’ palaces, “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men” Proverbs 18:16 (NAS). How can we best use our gifts in service to our King this year?

         Preparation, location, unification, utilization. If we set our sights toward the new year with these four bits of wisdom from God’s word in mind, we’re sure to see a prosperous twelve months full of that which will bring God glory. Happy New Year!


©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website, and now also available on Kindle!


~ by sanewriter on December 28, 2012.

3 Responses to “Wisdom for the New Year”

  1. Thank you for insightful readings. Happy New Year’s to you too!!!

  2. Things might have not been clearer with your super easy explanation.
    You’ve made my day!

  3. God’s creation inspires awe, wonder, majesty, and splendor beyond the incredible variety of plants and animals. Regardless of location, Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 states that there is a time and place for everything. In the Genesis account of creation, we are told that God created the sun, moon, and stars to govern day and night and to mark the seasons. The Book of Job is filled with the incredible intellect and imagination of God. God even challenges Job: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth and the entire universe. The Psalms are filled with comments about the awesome wonder of Creation and that there is only one Creator:
    God; one Savior-Jesus Christ; and one Holy Spirit inspiring mankind to live lives of Godly righteousness no matter our location.

    Marlin L. Hornberger

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