June 5, 2017. Proverbs 7-9
In Order. Sincerely, Wisdom.
The way Solomon writes he is giving a voice to things that normally would not have one. He is setting up scenes and scenarios that bring a picture to mind. We see this done in chapters 8 and 9.
King Solomon is known as one of the wisest men to possibly have ever lived. Even if you have never picked up a bible before, there is a very good possibility that you still have heard his name once or twice. Solomon writes chapter 8 and 9 from the viewpoint of wisdom. Giving wisdom the voice of a strong woman, giving clear instruction to those around her who are willing to listen.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have insight, I have power.
How do we gain this wisdom? In chapter 9 verse 10 we find that answer; “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” Right there, we have to know and understand who the Lord is first. Acknowledging that the Lord is the one and only God, fearing Him, loving Him, that is how we begin. Reading scripture, studying His Word, learning who God truly is and what he has planned for your life. However, do not confuse knowledge with wisdom. You can have knowledge and not be wise, but you cannot be wise without knowledge. Wisdom is defined as “the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.” Wisdom allows for you to make sound decisions. So where are you getting your knowledge from?
Wisdom writes again and gives you clear direction in what we, as Christians need to do. If you read this entire chapter, you will have seen that in verses 22 - 31 wisdom tells us that she has been around since before the earth was made, watching the Lord create all of heaven and earth, so again wisdom knows what is best for us.
8:32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”
Challenge yourself today to gain a little more knowledge so that you can make wise decisions. Be open to teachings from others, dive deep into the Word of God and expand that knowledge.