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.”
Things that commonly are accepted among many peoples becomes what we call “common sense.”
One does not drink water out of a toilet bowl.
You do not light a fire in the middle of your living room.
You do not drink poisonous things.
You do not cut your flesh.
You do not drive your car on the sidewalk.
I think you get the idea.
When it comes to things spiritual, there seems to be a common thread as well.
God judges sin.
Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death...”
Therefore, don’t sin, or you will be judged.
We may say words like “always” and “never” but cannot mean them or keep them to the extent God can.
Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
John 10:27-28 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
I couldn’t help but think of the promises given to us as His children in today’s passage. Wisdom is offered to us freely.
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.”
Wisdom’s value is beyond human comprehension.
Proverbs 8:11 “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
Wisdom’s voice admonishes us to seek him early.
Proverbs 8:17 “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”
We are to seek wisdom early; we are to set it as a foundation in our life.
Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
We can obtain worldly wisdom. But true wisdom is only found with God.
Proverbs 21:30 “There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.”
Because we lack understanding, we often try to justify our thinking based on what we can comprehend. Submitting to God’s wisdom in all things brings great peace, comfort, riches, honor, and favor.
Wisdom will always speak the truth.
Proverbs 8:7 “For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.”
Why is it we leave off reading the book of Proverbs? Many will say, “I have been saved for XX years, and I have read that book every year. I know what it says.”
“Familiarity breeds contempt.”
We begin to despise that which is familiar to us. We leave off reading, meditating on, and obeying the verses in Proverbs because we have grown too familiar with the language and become ignorant to the daily application of its truth.
We become familiar with the information and yet forsake the application.
As we begin this week, may we beg God for a fresh, new look at His Word as we read. After we read, may we seek God for a nugget of truth on which to meditate. Then, seek to apply it sometime soon.
That way, we are continually gathering evidence of the reality of God in our lives. We will have a new testimony to those that ask us why we have hope.
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:“