Proverbs 8:34-35 “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.”
Knowing facts does not make one wise. Wisdom is something given by God.
James 1:5-8 “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. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
Wisdom is principal and is to be sought above riches.
Proverbs 3:13-15 “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.”
Man can desire a great many things – but none can compare to wisdom. With the getting of wisdom, we are to get understanding as well.
Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Wisdom is the knowledge of what is right, and understanding is the application of that knowledge. The ability to utilize what’s given allows us to partake in something better than happiness – the favor of the Lord.
To find favor with someone, we might work hard to gain such a thing. With God, it is obtained when we seek and find wisdom. Favor is the kind regard or friendly disposition of God toward us. As children, we sought the favor of our parents. As adults, we seek the favor of our spouse, friend, coworker, or boss.
We are not told to seek favor. Yet, it is one of the byproducts of getting wisdom. When we are in favor with those around us, communication flows smoothly, the spirit of the relationship is light, and we are more optimistic in our dealings.
Without favor, many will view others with criticism, skepticism, and think negatively more quickly than not. When you and I who are the children of God do as we are commanded, our obedience brings about the favor we seek.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.”
The children of Israel experienced the blessings of God when they followed His direction. We, too, can have such a blessing.
1 John 3:22 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”
Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
The favor of God allows me to experience a type of worship that comes from a relationship that is unhindered by sin. There is no other person on the face of this earth who knows all about us, save God. When we are transparent and honest with Him, He can guide us to understand the parts hidden from us.
Psalm 51:5-6 “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”
Having a heart prepared to want and know wisdom, paves the way for us to live in His favor. Too often, we are satisfied with living at a distance. We are lazy and selfish when we do not take the time to grow our relationships. When it was new and fresh, we wanted to explore and discover all that we could.
Over time, we grow comfortable and lack the motivation to explore and discover. It takes a decided effort to want to pursue more. Is it that we don’t want to deal with the ‘messy bits?’ Those parts of our life that we rarely show others, let alone acknowledge them, are the ones God wants us to bring before Him.
It can be such a freeing feeling when we know that God knows every detail of our life and still loves us, accepts us, and keeps us secure. The choice He made to remember our sin no more proves that He desires to remove all obstacles for us to have a close, personal, and intimate relationship with Him.
Why would we want it any other way?