It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. – Psalm 118:8
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.
In verses 13-18 we see the value of wisdom emphasized and reemphasized. (See words in bold print). The benefits of wisdom are all fantastic!!! Seeking and following wisdom enables us to navigate life.
It is like having a personal tour guide, pointing the way.
Wisdom is so powerful, verses 19-20 says, it was By wisdom and understanding the Lord founded the earth, and created the heavens.
We could compare wisdom to binary code. To those who don’t know what it is or how to apply it, it simply looks like a bunch of ones and zeros. But for those who “get it”, and “apply it”, the possibilities are endless.
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For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield. – Psalm 5:12
7 He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
8 He guards the paths of the just
and protects those who are faithful to him.
9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair,
and you will find the right way to go.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will fill you with joy.
11 Wise choices will watch over you.
Understanding will keep you safe.
Wisdom is unique. It not only gives everyone have the opportunity to receive it, but it’s benefits are far-reaching. With wisdom we get God’s protection, see words in bold print.
We get understanding, making the “wise” path clear to us. No more confusion.
We’ll have direction, and know which path to choose among the various options.
Here’s the key — Although we’ll know which path to take, it will be up to us, as we exercise our free will, to choose the “wise”/God directed path. Don’t just listen to God’s Word, DO what it says. – James 1:22
Verses 10-11, tell us that when wisdom enters our heart, the knowledge we’ll receive will —
- Fill us with joy
- Watch over us, and
- Keep us safe.
Wisdom is not something I hope for sometime in the future. It is a gift that is available to me right now. A gift, should I choose to accept and open it, will yield abundant blessings.
LORD Almighty, blessed are those who trust in you. – Psalm 84:12
29)) Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord,
30)) and they would have none of my counsel
and despised all my reproof,
31)) THEREFORE, they shall eat the fruit of their way,
and have their fill of their own devices.
32)) For the simple are killed by their turning away,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33)) BUT whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”
We learned from verse 25, http://wp.me/p5nZpi-5E, that – People turn away from all my advice. They wouldn’t accept my warning. And here again in verse 30 we read, they despised all my counsel.
All people are in search of a road that leads to “happiness”. Yet, in verses 29-33, we read that people often end up making choices that take them on a curvy path. Their path ends up being curvy because the choose their own way vs. the Creator’s counsel and guidance – v.30.
The result of following our own way: They’ll GET their own way, for better or worse. Sadly, as verse 32 says, the simple are killed by turning away, by doing their own thing. Instead of heeding the warnings, like the stove is hot – don’t touch it, they proceed to touch, and… Again, it’s not that the person in this illustration was not warned, he was, yet he chose his own way. In this case, and often in our everyday choices, the result was/can be painful.
The result of following wisdom? v.33 – Whoever listens to me
- will dwell secure
- will be at ease
- (will be) without dread of disaster
Ummm, which path would you take, wisdom’s or the simple’s/fool’s?
Your word, Lord, is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
In the last section of Proverbs, Chapter 1, Solomon uses personification (giving human-like characteristics to something non-human).
20)) Out in the open Wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
21)) on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
22)) “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?”
The reason for using personification when writing is to make a word come alive for the reader. It is much easier to relate to a person than an inanimate object.
In these verses, Solomon presents a cause/effect relationship. IF people pay attention to the Proverbs, following Wisdom’s direction and guidance, THEN they will become wise (when they apply the knowledge they’ve obtained).
We will also see, throughout the Book of Proverbs, the words simple and fool. These words do not refer to people who are academically challenged, but rather are deficient in their character. The simple/fool are challenged to recognize right from wrong.
In verse 22, Solomon questions, “when are you going to learn that your choices are messing you up?”
It is wisdom (applying knowledge) that helps us recognize that the path we’re on is destructive. And wisdom that confirms the path we’re on is healthy and God-honoring.