Solomon's Proverbs: Wisdom
Wisdom is the power of right judgment – the ability to discern any situation and know what to do. Imagine the happiness and success you could have with a good dose of it. Imagine how many others would come to you for advice when they realize you have what they do not. Both blessings are offered freely by Solomon and Lady Wisdom in Proverbs. Be excited and thankful for what lies before you; read each inspired saying with reverent respect and passionate zeal to gain as much wisdom as possible.
How can you start to be wise? This is a crucial proverb, for the rest are wasted without this foundation. Here is where you begin to become wise. If you truly want to be wise, this proverb deserves your careful and diligent attention.
What is your life goal? It should be wisdom. Here is the key verse of Proverbs! These are King David’s words to his son Solomon. They explain the purpose of the book of Proverbs. They describe the greatest goal for your life.
Haste makes waste, especially in speech. What is better? A quick answer, or the right answer? A wise man studies to answer, but a fool blurts out whatever comes to mind. Train your ears and mouth to appreciate studied answers.
Great blessings are waiting for you. What one choice will most enhance your life and reputation? Make wisdom and understanding your greatest goals. David taught this rule to Solomon, and he offers its blessings to you.
What is better than rubies? A perfect woman? Is there anything better? Indeed! Wisdom is much better than anything you can imagine! Why waste your life chasing anything else? There are great blessings and riches in wisdom.
Are you teachable? Without this prerequisite, you cannot be wise. You will live and die a fool. You entered life dirtying yourself; you will go out the same way; and any wisdom in between requires learning from others.
You are the company you keep. This saying is a weak version of Solomon’s warning. If you are wise now, foolish friends will bring you down. But take hope, even if you are foolish, wise friends will bring you up to wisdom.
Do you pray for wisdom? Do you pray for it passionately? Study makes you a scholar, but only prayer can make you wise. Much reading may give you learning, but only the Spirit can give you wisdom. Beg Solomon’s God for it.
Do you love yourself? Of course! Then do something truly good for yourself today! Instead of costly, frivolous pleasures, get some wisdom. It is free and lasts forever. Go ahead; pamper yourself with something wonderful!
Do you love death? If you neglect wisdom, you must. After listing its benefits and offering it freely, Lady Wisdom says, Do it my way, or die! Wisdom can save you a slow and painful death, but there is no mercy for rejecters.