In search of Wisdom
Greetings precious people, I do hope that you are doing well today and rejoicing in the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ. In our search for wisdom we come to Chapter 8 of the Book of Proverbs. In this chapter the author, King Solomon personifies wisdom in this chapter and draws a stark contrast between the wise man that would listen to God’s call to receive and follow wisdom from above, and the fool that would listen to the call of the adulterous woman or man which was revealed in the previous chapter.
In Proverbs 8 we read, “Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors: "To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence, and you fools, be of an understanding heart.”
Hear we see that the wisdom of God is calling out all around us if we would simply listen. The Apostle Paul tells us that all of creation speaks of the wisdom of God. In Romans 1:19-23 we read, “Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.” King David also wrote about this in Psalm 19:1-3, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”
As we go back to Proverbs 8 we read, “Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.”
It should be understood that not only has God spoken, but also He continues to speak today. The question is, are you listening and willing to take what you hear and apply it to your life? Many times when God’s Word uses the term listen or hear, it comes with the implied understanding to not only hear with your ears but also with your heart and obey what is said. It is never enough to only hear God’s Word with our ears, He expects / requires us to act upon it.
It is also important to note that wisdom, God’s wisdom, always speaks truth and righteousness. There is never anything twisted or perverse in what He says. Satan has tried form the beginning to cast a shadow of doubt upon what God has said. It began back in the Garden of Eden when Satan tried to get Eve to disbelieve what God had said to her and to think that God was not being fair in telling them not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Unfortunately for us all, Eve believed Satan’s lie and rejected God’s truth.
As we continue now in Proverbs 8 we read, “Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. "I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion.”
The value of wisdom is described for us here. Wisdom, the understanding of what to do with knowledge) is invaluable. It is of greater value than great riches. Many have lost large amounts of riches because of the lack of wisdom. As the proverb states, “a fool and his money are soon parted.”
Now we have one of the greatest aspects of true wisdom, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me. Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver. I traverse the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries.”
It is tragic to see the vast multitudes of people today seeking after what is called knowledge and riches, and all along never being satisfied with either. This is because in all of their endeavors, they never include God, His Word and His way. We are much like the people of Israel in Isaiah’s day whom the Prophet Isaiah wrote, Isaiah 55:2-3, “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you-- the sure mercies of David.”
As we come to the end of this chapter, we read, "The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I have been established from everlasting, from the beginning, before there was ever an earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth; while as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, or the primeval dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there, when He drew a circle on the face of the deep, When He established the clouds above, when He strengthened the fountains of the deep, When He assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters would not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth, Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him, Rejoicing in His inhabited world, and my delight was with the sons of men.”
The end of this chapter is summed up well by the following words, "Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD; but he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death."
Dear precious people, I do pray that you will take God’s Word to heart. That you forsake any and all foolishness, which is contrary to God’s Word and asks Him for wisdom. We are told in James 1:5-8, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Next time we will continue our study in the Book of Proverbs as we search for wisdom. Until then may the Lord richly bless you.
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Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine