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!
We're all in 'Wisdom School' on Planet Earth, and it's a tough course of study. Among us are high achievers, slow learners, rebels, class clowns, and sleepers. God is Chairman of the School Board. Jesus is The Principal, and His Holy Spirit is our Guidance Counselor.
Some kids start in Christian Academies. Others (like me) transfer in, because public school is chaotic. The Philosophy Department created a new rule book called 'Moral Relativity'. Instead of being etched in stone, school rules float on Word docs in millions of unconnected computers. They change from person to person.
Similar to academic grade-schools, God designs play periods (recess) in Wisdom School. He knows we need frequent breaks, and recess is supposed to be fun.
On the other hand, Satan is the leader of Hell's Angels: a mob that would have us believe Wisdom School is outdated, too hard, and unnecessary. He encourages us to drop out of Wisdom School altogether, and many do.
Like pictures on a restaurant menu, Satan shows us through the media that the pursuit of pleasure is the real deal--that recess should never end. His version of recess is all about accumulating and spending money.
Since Satan is supernaturally smart, he knows most of us are better at spending money than accumulating it. In a sly craft of hand, he added three small words to God's planned recess: 'I owe in:' a.k.a.: debt.
Thus, we find ourselves in recess-i-o-n.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Recession: Satan's Play Period series.