Preemptive Wisdom + Drawing for a Free Devotional!

Preemptive Wisdom

In a recent “Ask Pastor John” post, John Piper addressed a question from a young man—a teenager— regarding his desire to be well-liked and popular while, at the same time, being concerned about being godly. Here was part of John’s response:

Preemptive WisdomI think being driven by coolness is deadly. The problem with wanting to be cool in our culture is that cool is almost always defined by the fool. So, it is almost always: Cool = Fool.

If you want to know what a fool is, read the book of Proverbs in the Bible. In fact, I think every teenager, especially boys, should read Proverbs over and over and over again, because of how clearly the Proverbs expose the stupidity of much that is considered cool…

You are a human being created in the image of God almighty, destined to live forever and ever and ever in hell or in heaven. Nothing could be more stupid than to think that your significance, your worth, your greatness, your coolness is in what people think about your outward appearance instead of what they think about your inner reality that is going to live forever and ever and ever. So, be one of those teenagers who wakes up from the lunacy of the cattle drive mentality where the whole herd of cattle is going right over the cliff because some cool bull or some pretty heifer is out there leading the way right off a cliff.

(“Can I Be Faithful to God and Popular at School?,” John Piper, ©Desiring God Foundation,

Yes, by all means, have your youth read and study the book of Proverbs. But I want to suggest a preemptive strike. Don’t wait until your children are teens. Help them learn to be wise (the opposite of a fool) when they are young, with the hope and prayer that they will not depart from it. Encourage them embrace to God’s timeless wisdom now—seeing it as a priceless treasure and delight so that they avoid foolishness. Lead them to see that trusting in Jesus alone and following in His ways is the way of wisdom!

God's WisdomA resource I highly recommend for families is God’s Wisdom by Sally Michael, a great devotional for families. The book has 26 short, highly engaging chapters to read aloud as a family, followed by interactive discussion questions. Each chapter ends with an activity that will further help your children’s understanding, and provide a practical “next step” for applying wisdom in their lives.

Drawing for a Free Devotional! – CLOSED

Congratulations Dawn C. and Traci Mellick! Watch for an email about your prize.

We are giving away two copies of God’s Wisdom! Just leave us a comment below between now and Friday, February 10, and we will draw two names to each receive a free copy of this great devotional book. We will announce the winners on Monday, February 13. This drawing is open to readers with a U.S. mailing address.



Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Truth78.

58 Responses to “Preemptive Wisdom + Drawing for a Free Devotional!”

  1. Cheri Lyberg February 6, 2017 at 7:15 am #

    Thanks for all the wonderful advice and teaching you do through this site! I’ve gleaned tons of helpful God-glorifying information. I have 4 teenage daughters ages 12-18 and could sure use the Proverbs Bible devotional. Thanks! Cheri

  2. Casie Madsen February 6, 2017 at 8:23 am #

    Thank you, as always for the insight and advice. This is a challenge for me to be in Proverbs more as well!

  3. Melanie Smith February 6, 2017 at 8:33 am #

    I would love a copy of this to share with my 3 daughters. I appreciate the resources
    produced by Desiring God and provided by Children Desiring God.

  4. Melanie Smith February 6, 2017 at 8:34 am #

    I would love a copy to share with my children.

  5. Stephanie Jackson February 6, 2017 at 8:53 am #

    Thanks for writing such fantastic resources!

  6. Melissa February 6, 2017 at 9:04 am #

    This would be great for family devotions!

  7. Luke Morris February 6, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    I would love this to review and share as a resource for the families of our church!

  8. Kayla Kuyper February 6, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    What a grace your blog has been to my life as a mama! Thank you for sharing your love for children and for the Lord!

  9. Kristy B February 6, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    We have read a couple books from this series and loved them. It would be a fun addition to our family devotions to have a new book!

  10. Chris February 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    Wow! I really like Pastor John’s response. I’m saving this blog post and sharing it around.

    Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  11. Megan February 7, 2017 at 6:53 am #

    I would love a copy to read as a family. Thank you!

  12. Susan Carter February 7, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

    I look forward to sharing this blog/article with parents of young children and teens in our church. Can never start too early!

  13. Taron Defevers February 7, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    Great article. Thank you for sharing! My youth ministry will be doing a sermon series on Wisdom.

  14. Rachel G. February 7, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

    I would love to win a copy! Thank you for the opportunity.

  15. Mariecris February 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm #

    Would love to do this devotional as a family 🙂

  16. Meredyth M February 7, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

    We are so very thankful for the ministry of Children Desiring God! God’s Wisdom would be helpful and timely family devotion to go through with our young children. Thank you!

  17. Jacquie Olsen February 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

    I would love to win this family devotional and share it with my children. Always looking for ways to impart wisdom.

  18. Dawn C February 7, 2017 at 10:37 pm #

    We would love to use this in our daily devotions! Thank you for making us aware of good resources.

  19. Jaime Faircloth February 7, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

    Thanks for these articles! It really does take a village (and a whole lot of Jesus) to raise our kids to love the Lord. My husband and I appreciate your ministry!

  20. Nicole Jones February 8, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

    I would love a copy of this devotional to share with my family. Thanks for your ministry.

  21. Yesenia February 8, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    Would love this.

  22. Kristina Linson February 8, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    I started as our preschool director at our church in November. I’d love to share this book with our parents!

  23. Katie Rudd February 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    I would love to have this and provide it for the families at my church.

  24. Kathryn Veldhuizen February 10, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    I would love a copy to share with my children.

  25. Jessica Grimes February 10, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    Thank you for sharing such sound advice! I’d love to read this book with my sons!

  26. Mark February 10, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

    This devotional looks awesome! Would love to share it with our kids.

  27. Jessica Lee February 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    I read this with my kids last summer and would love to give one to a friend. It was such a blessing and it challenged me too!

  28. Jessica February 10, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

    I read this with my kids last summer and it was so good for them and for me! Would love to give this to a friend.

  29. Jackie Mysak February 10, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    We love this series ! I use it almost every day in our homeschool.

  30. Kathy Chambers February 10, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    I am thankful beyond words for the good work presented through this ministry ! God’s Wisdom is a book I would love to own and share with all the children in my life.

  31. Marty Shipley February 10, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    Thank you for the chance to win this great resource!

  32. Jenny February 10, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    I would love to win, but will definitely buy it if I don’t!

  33. Kendal Barriere February 10, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    I would love to win! We have two of the other ones already!

  34. Sara February 10, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    We love the other books in this series! Good theology to help lay a good foundation in our kids hearts.

  35. Ashley Carlson February 10, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    I love this book series! I think I enjoy them as much as my daughter ?

  36. Elizabeth Hayes February 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    Would love to do this with my family:)

  37. christy young February 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    We have really enjoyed the Names of Gad book in this series and REALLY want to purchase the whole set!

  38. Christian Reger February 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    We so appreciate the thoughtful comments from CDG. You have helped us to think more Christ-like toward our parenting and encouraged us to glorify God in our family. Thank you!

  39. Jana Pritchett February 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win

  40. Stephen Kelling February 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

    Thanks so much for all your wisdom and the way you help people focus on the glory of Christ. I hope my 4 girls will benefit from this proverbs devotional.

  41. Katie Holst February 10, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    We love these books! Would love to add this one to out collection. Thanks for making such wonderful resources available.

  42. vani g February 10, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

    Thank you. God willingly I would love to win one.

  43. Stephanie L. February 10, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

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  45. Amy B February 10, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

    Thank you for writing such great resources for kids, parents, and teachers!

  46. Traci Mellick February 10, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    We would love to add this to our collection. We love these devotion books.

  47. Mary February 10, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Wow! What a great opportunity! And thanks for the reminder and helpful resources to train our little ones up! 🙂

  48. Rachel M February 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    Would love to have this book – we are currently going through God’s Battle with our five small children and are really enjoying it!

  49. Anne-Marie February 10, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    Just found this site through a friend. I really need to put more time into helping my 3 children develop their love for God…and this is the kind of resource I am looking for.

  50. Kelsey February 10, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

    I’m a teacher librian in the Dominican Republic. This book would be an awesome resource to add to add our school’s collection! 🙂 Thanks for offering this drawing!

  51. Sarah February 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

    We would love to use this study as a family and to share it with other families in our church.

  52. Nishi February 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

    This would be a great resource to use while preparing for Sunday school lessons!

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    Thanks for being such a good resource for our family and church!

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  55. Melissa S. February 10, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

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  56. Melissa February 10, 2017 at 10:27 pm #

    This looks to be a great resource for family devotions with our youngers.

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    Sounds like another excellent resource from CDG. Really appreciate your ministry!

  58. Ashley Floyd February 11, 2017 at 6:32 am #

    We would love using these for homeschooling

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