“...for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight”
The purpose of the book of Proverbs is to provide wisdom for followers of Christ. King Solomon, often referred to as one of the wisest men in the Bible, wrote most of Proverbs. The intention behind this book is to challenge us to gain a greater understanding of what it looks like to love and pursue the Lord the best we know how.
Google tells us that wisdom is the “soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge and good judgment.” Wisdom is more than knowledge, it’s more than obtaining information, it’s more than simply understanding right from wrong. Wisdom is given to us specifically by God through gaining insight from the Word. It’s a gift. It’s actually applying knowledge. It’s appropriately acting on obtaining information. It’s knowing right from wrong and living that out.
Wisdom is powerful. It’s a humble confidence in knowing God intimately. The more we read Proverbs and the rest of the Word, the more we know God. The more we know God, the more we love Him and His people. Wisdom is not exclusive. It’s not synonymous with intelligence. Wisdom does not come with education or age. Wisdom enables us to be good stewards of our knowledge and relationship with God. It’s an opportunity for us to receive insight from the Lord and then share it with others.
People are drawn to others with wisdom. Some of the wisest people I know listen to others intently and are in no hurry to respond. They are receptive to what the Lord wants to say about something, and then react to a situation accordingly. A person with wisdom is slow to speak, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide their thoughts and direct their steps. Our soul is happy when it’s led by wisdom.
Dig in to the Word. Proverbs 2:6 says that the “Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” The Lord gave us the Word, so He’s offering us wisdom. He wants to speak to us so we can grow closer to Him. In the first chapter of James, he says that “if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” It’s as easy as asking. Let’s wake up each day and ask God to increase our wisdom.
God, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for providing me with a book like to learn from and gain understanding of all that You are. Give me a greater desire to read your Word and know You better. Amen.