Read: Proverbs 3
Verse(s) that struck me:
(13) Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.
(14) For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold.
(15) Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
(16) She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left.
(17) She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying.
(18) Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.
(19) By wisdom the LORD founded the earth; by understanding He created the heavens.
(20) By His knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky.
(21) My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them,
(22) for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace.
(23) They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble.
(24) You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.
(25) You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
(26) for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
(27) Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.
(28) If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
(29) Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you.
(30) Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm.
(31) Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways.
(32) Such wicked people are detestable to the LORD, but He offers His friendship to the godly.
(33) The LORD curses the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the upright.
(34) The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble.
(35) The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame!
This is a larger chunk to consider than I was going to use; but, the longer I examined these verses, the more I realized the common theme that runs through them. He is not discussing here some short saying that one can nod in agreement with and walk away from unfazed. Solomon tries to really describe a life truly affected by wisdom. He experienced the gift of wisdom in a way that few others in history ever have. He got his wisdom as a gift, directly from God (see 1 Kings 3:10-12).
The things recorded in this chapter, I believe, are how Solomon saw wisdom working itself out in His life.
Let’s list the things he found:
Riches and honor
Life without fear
He also advises us on how to use our new life,
Do not withhold good when it is in your power to give
Do not plot harm
Do not pick fights
Do not envy
Then he points out how God will deal with things in His own good time. Put your trust in God. Believe that, if you seek Him out, you will find Him. Seek out His wisdom. In it lies the secret to a good and happy life.
We can get our wisdom in much the same way as Solomon. If we truly seek the Lord and allow Him into our lives, if we search the scriptures daily, if we devote ourselves to His service (regardless of our profession or vocation) then true wisdom will inhabit us in the ways described in this chapter. Try it. Test the Lord to see if it is true. Taste the Lord and see that He is good.
Lord, come into my life fully and completely. Don’t let me hold back any corner of it. Take it all. Please fill me with your wisdom so that I can use it to serve you. I know that is the only way that I can truly be happy. Thank you, Lord for loving me and making the riches of your wisdom available to such a wretch as me.