Proverbs 4:5-9 “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.”
The greatest relationship outside of that I have with the Lord Jesus Christ, is that which I have with wisdom. No man or woman can promise what the Son of God can promise. Nor any match that which wisdom says she will give me if I but embrace her; follow her and seek her with all my heart.
Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
It is like the one-two punch of priority. Get wisdom. Get understanding. God tells me that her value is more than I could ever imagine. Her price cannot be compared to anything you and I know.
Proverbs 8:11 “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
Solomon, in his day, was rich, famous, and respected. He had it all – and yet he writes – all the things that you and could ever think of or desire cannot even be compared to the getting of wisdom. She has no price comparable to her value. Whatever you and I might think… she goes beyond.
Leverage. Seeking to gain an advantage or an edge over the competition, adversary or success in business takes the right people, the right path and the proper amount of resources. God says that in the getting of wisdom, you will be given what you seek.
Something so valuable must come at a price. Interestingly enough – all you and I need to do is ask.
James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
To actually come to the place where I realize that I need wisdom far beyond my cranial capacity; far beyond what I already possess, becomes an act of humility. Knowing I cannot, but my God can, means I relinquish who I am and what I am to what He can make me with what He provides.
This way of thinking flies in the face of our desire to be recognized, praised , accepted and loved. We work hard to be what others want and yet, many are left wanting. A void becomes evident because what we become for those we are seeking approval is not who we really are. And who we really are longs to be accepted, loved and secure in that love.
God knows more of who I am than I do. He created me. He knows me. Inside and out. When I come to Him with all my faults and failings; all my raw humanity – His love and desire toward me never wanes; never wavers; never diminishes. By helping me prioritize my relationships, I can allow God to show me how I should be spending my time.
As we begin our week together, spend some time asking God for that which we lack – Wisdom. Pray believing – He promised that if we ask in faith, He would give liberally. I invite you to experience this blessing available to all who call upon Him.