Based on the eternal wisdom of Proverbs, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Charles Stanley unfolds spiritual insights that offer courage for difficult times, inspiration to be the best person you can be, and confidence that God is always with you.
Inspired by a lifetime of learning God’s wisdom, in Wisdom from Above Dr. Charles Stanley has created a 365-day devotional full of timeless teachings from the book of Proverbs and inspirational guidance for every day of the year.
Each day Dr. Stanley shares a relevant Bible verse, an encouraging message, and a comforting prayer. Topics range from relationships and emotions to communication and leadership. When you open this daily devotional, you’ll be greeted by uplifting words and thoughts to continuously strengthen your faith. Wisdom from Above is the perfect companion for your day-to-day life when you need confidence to get through the hard times or confidence to summon hope for the future.
Wisdom from Above JANUARY 1 Beginning SCRIPTURE READING: PROVERBS 1; GENESIS 1:1; ISAIAH 43:19
The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshipping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence].
PROVERBS 1:7 AMP
Today is the start of a new year, and along with it come fresh hopes and opportunities. A whole set of possibilities and uncertainties stand before you. The prospect of these new beginnings fills us with great awe, which is why many people make such an effort to commemorate this day—making resolutions and celebrating their arrival. The promise of a new beginning stirs hope in our souls.
But from the very first verse in Scripture—Genesis 1:1—we see that the most powerful beginnings come from God. And the very best, most fulfilling and fruitful commencements do not just include the Father but are initiated and guided by Him.
So as you start this year, the most important principle for you to embrace is that God formed you for a purpose and has been shaping you for the days and months ahead. He has a plan for you that is good, acceptable, and wise—and He promises to lead you well. Your responsibility is to always acknowledge Him as the living God, your Lord, and the sovereign Architect and Ruler of all creation.
If you wish to make this your very best year yet, allow God to begin it—every day of it—and trust Him to show you what He wants to accomplish in and through you. Look for Him to initiate the opportunities, healings, spiritual growth, and new areas of fruitfulness. For to do so, friend, is the very heart of wisdom.
Father, thank You for this new year and all the hope it brings.
Lead me, Lord, I revere You as my Savior and wise King, and know that the best beginnings are from You.
Dr. Charles F. Stanley is a New York Times bestselling author who has written more than sixty books, with sales of more than ten million copies. He has been senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia since 1971, and his outreach ministry—In Touch—reaches more than 2,800 radio and television outlets in more than fifty languages. Dr. Stanley was inducted into the National Religious Broadcaster’s (NRB) Hall of Fame in 1988. Dr. Stanley’s goal is best represented by In Touch Ministries’ mission statement: to lead people worldwide into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and to strengthen the local church. This is because, as he says, “It is the Word of God and the work of God that changes people’s lives.”