Proverbs 2:10 “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;”
The many blessings, gifts, and promises given to the children of God are marvelous and unforgettable. Our hearts would soar with the knowledge of all that God has in store for us in this life.
As spoken in Proverbs, wisdom is an acquisition from God, not something we possess or can attain through fleshly means.
James 1:5-6 “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.”
We must not think that a simple request brings about the wisdom for which we ask. We are to ask in faith, trusting who we ask, and believing that we will receive. Then, our request made in faith is answered.
Wisdom has many perks if you will.
Proverbs 2:12 “To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;”
Wisdom opens our eyes to be delivered from the snares of our enemy. Evil men and strange women lurk to ensnare us.
Proverbs 2:16 “To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;”
Each has its subtle ways of drawing us in.
Wisdom also grants us access to a perspective we would not usually possess.
Proverbs 3:13 “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”
Not only happiness, but we come into possession of something of great value.
Proverbs 3:14-15 “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.”
Many stop at the acquisition of things thinking they are truly blessed indeed. But, to possess that which enhances my life and relationships to heights I could nor cannot attain, now, that is a true blessing!
David taught his son, Solomon, to cherish and value wisdom. David said:
Proverbs 4:7-9 “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 principles delivered here in Proverbs reveal David’s heart and the teaching he gave to Solomon. Wisdom is not just highly valued but set as the primary and principal goal of every child of God.
I truly believe David’s teachings to Solomon led to Solomon’s request when he took the throne. God came to ask how he could bless the new king. His answer was like any other.
1 Kings 3:6-9 “And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”
Solomon’s request was clothed in humility. But it also showed that he saw his responsibility as more significant than he could fulfill.
Many shun the daily, monthly, and yearly reading of the Book of Proverbs because it has grown old, familiar, and repetitive to them. Some feel as if they have gleaned all they could from its pages. We have heard sermons, read books, and commentaries on various subjects about this prosperous and blessed book.
May we resolve to reenter into the classroom where we can humbly be taught again from the principles, axioms, and lessons of the most beautiful book of wisdom ever written.