Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!
Life on earth might be called Wisdom School: a trial and error, rock and rumble course of study... lasting for a lifetime. Unavoidably, errors are painful.
The student body has high achievers, slow learners, rebels, class clowns and sleepers. God is Wisdom School's Chairman of the Board. Jesus is its Rock-Solid Principal. His Spirit is the Guidance Counselor and grades are perfectly fair: pass or fail.
Still, worldwide campuses vary greatly. The best are run by Christ's Own disciples. But most pupils begin in public schools: an education of mass confusion.
Perhaps the greatest difference is a guidebook called Moral Relativity. Instead of being firmly etched in stone... rules, grades and systems change constantly. They float on unconnected computers, while teachers play favorites like a game.
Common ground (Christian or not) is recess. In godly schoolyards, students are free to fly. Staffers stand ready and eager to help. They cheer each attempt and uplift the weak.
But in public school, Satan heads a staff that might properly be called Hell's Angels. It's an unruly mob that mocks and sneers: 'Wisdom School is outdated, way too hard, irrelevant and unnecessary.'
His recruiters hang around God's campus. They tempt students to drop- and many do.
Like pictures on a restaurant menu, Satan broadcasts (mostly through media) that pursuing pleasure is why we're here, and super-fun recess should never end. How do students gain high marks of success?
Accumulating and spending money.
Since Satan's supernaturally smart, he's well aware that spending money is easier than accumulating it. In a subtle craft of hand, he added three letters to R-E-C-E-S-S.
They are I-O-N (as in 'I owe in'). Meaning debt: a personal recess-ion.
Recess: Satan's Way (Part 1)
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Recess series.