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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Got Wisdom? (Proverbs 1:1-3)

 "The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
for attaining wisdom and discipline;
for understanding words of insight;
for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,
doing what is right and just and fair."

What is wisdom? It is the practical and disciplined ability to navigate life wisely or well. In Proverbs Solomon provides practical guidance in matters of finance, parenting, women, lust, the tongue, work ethic (or lack thereof), harvesting, nature, etc. Many mistakes can be avoided by heeding Solomon's words of wisdom.

Four times in Proverbs Solomon urges man to "get wisdom":
  • Prov 4:5 - Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
  • Prov 4:7 - Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
  • Prov 16:16 - How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
  • Prov 19:8 - He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.
Everyone pursues something and wisdom has to be pursued. Many pursue fame, love, power, money, knowledge, etc. Each can be obtained without wisdom but without wisdom fame, love, power, money, knowledge, etc. corrupt the possessor.

Solomon also proves that God's wisdom lived out of an ordinary life is supernatural and magnetic. After spending time with Solomon Sheba praises the God of Israel for enabling Solomon to "maintain justice and righteousness" in Israel.

In Proverbs 1:20 Solomon describes wisdom as "calling out", but in verse 28 wisdom rejects "callers" who hate knowledge. He then, in verse 33, promises safe living to those who listen to or hear wisdom. Every since the Garden of Eden man faces the constant choice to live life based upon God's word or to live from a poor substitute, the world's wisdom (which is really demonic in its origin - James 3:14-15).

Wisdom has to be "gotten", obtained, and pursued. It doesn't come easily or naturally. Wisdom still calls aloud in the streets, looking for someone to hear, understand, and to live out in the sometimes treacherous paths of life. James assures the believer of God's willingness to give wisdom to anyone who asks (James 1:5). We need God's wisdom and He has made it available to us.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
1 Kings 10:1-13; 2 Chronicles 9:1-12; 1 Kings 4:1-19, 29-34
  • What does the Queen of Sheba understand about God after she takes a trip to Jerusalem and meets Solomon?
  • What does she understand about the source of Solomon's wisdom and the purpose of his wisdom?
  • What did God's gift of wisdom do for Solomon and Israel?
Proverbs 1:1-33
  • What purpose does Solomon give for writing Proverbs?
  • According to Proverb's first chapter how does wisdom relate to parents, sinners & the simple?
  • What does Solomon communicate about the consequence of not having wisdom?
  • What promise accompanies the listening to wisdom?
Turning truth into prayer:
Thank the Lord for His wisdom. Ask Him for the manifestation of His wisdom in your situation or problem.