Today we read Proverbs 4 and we find these words of wisdom in verses 5 through 9:
5 Get wisdom, get understanding:
forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:
love her, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:
and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:
she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace:
a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
This passage says much to us about wisdom and what our attitude towards it should be. Wisdom is more than knowledge and greater than knowledge. For example knowledge knows words, but wisdom knows how to use them. Knowledge may know how to fire a pistol, but wisdom knows when and when not to do so.
Wisdom comes from God's word.
"For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly."
So, from our reading in chapter four we learn the following seven attitudes towards God's wisdom. Four are positive and three are negative.
1. Get God's wisdom.
2. Love God's wisdom.
3. Exalt God's wisdom.
4. Embrace God's wisdom.
5. Don't forget God's wisdom.
6. Don't decline from God's wisdom.
7. Don't forsake God's wisdom.
We get God's wisdom by . . .
. . . asking God for it (James 1:5).
. . . searching for it as for hid treasures (Proverbs 2:4-5).
. . . letting God's word dwell in us (Colossians 3:16).
What will God's wisdom do for you?
1. It will preserve you (v. 6).
2. It will protect you (v. 6).
3. It will promote you (v. 8).
May God help us to be wise in Him!
Grace and Peace,