Moral Benefits Of Wisdom
Wisdom can be found, if a person searches for it diligently enough, and once found it will save a person from disaster and lead to satisfaction.
If you dedicate yourself to an intense search for wisdom, you will find it. And with the wisdom, you find God. You will be protected from violent men or seductive women who would otherwise entice you to disaster. You will be able to choose the right paths because you know where each path ends.
Walking With God
MY SON, if you will receive my words and treasure up my commandments within you,
Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it];
Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
If you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures,
Then you will understand the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of [our omniscient] God.
For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He hides away sound and godly Wisdom and stores it for the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him); He is a shield to those who walk uprightly and in integrity,
That He may guard the paths of justice; yes, He preserves the way of His saints.
Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and fair dealing [in every area and relation]; yes, you will understand every good path.
Proverbs 2:1-9 (AMP)
Eight imperatives in this paragraph reveal our responsibilities toward God’s truth:
- Receive (accept) God’s words and
- Hide them (store them up) in our minds and hearts;
- Incline the ear and
- Apply the heart;
- Cry after knowledge and
- Lift up the voice for understanding;
- Seek for wisdom and
- Search after it.
If you want wisdom, you must listen to God attentively (Matt. 13:9), obey Him humbly (John 7:17), ask Him sincerely (James 1:5), and seek Him diligently (Isa. 55:6-7), the way a miner searches for silver and gold.
Obtaining spiritual wisdom isn’t a once-a-week hobby; it is the daily discipline of a lifetime. But in this age of microwave ovens, fast foods, digests, and numerous “made easy” books, many people are out of the habit of daily investing time and energy in digging deep into Scripture and learning wisdom from the Lord.
Thanks to television, their attention span is brief; thanks to religious entertainment that passes for worship, their spiritual appetite is feeble and spiritual knowledge isn’t “pleasant to [their] soul” (Prov. 2:10).
It’s no wonder fewer and fewer people “take time to be holy” and more and more people fall prey to the enemies that lurk along the way.
If we do our part, God will keep His promise and protect us from the enemy (vv. 7-8): “He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.“ (NLT). “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Ps. 119:11, nkjv).
People are willing to work diligently in their jobs because they know they’ll earn a paycheck.
But what about applying themselves diligently to God’s Word in order to gain spiritual riches that are more valuable than gold and silver and jewels, riches that will last forever?
(See 2:4; 3:13-15; 8:10-21; 16:16.)
There’s a price to pay if we would gain spiritual wisdom, but there’s an even greater price to pay if we don’t gain it. We must walk with God through the study of His Word.
To gain godly wisdom, we must sincerely and earnestly search for it.
Though we are to be diligent in studying the Scriptures, we are to earnestly ask God to enlighten our hearts and minds so we’ll be able to comprehend and apply His wisdom.
When establishing plans, making decisions, or solving problems, what practical steps do you follow as you seek divine wisdom?
The search for wisdom is of prime importance in my life. For me, it is like searching for a great hidden treasure, for I know that when I find it, I will understand the fear of the Lord and gain personal and intimate knowledge of God. It is the Lord’s good will to grant me wisdom; therefore I know that when I seek it out, He will make certain that I find it.
Through God’s Word, I gain tremendous knowledge and understanding.
He holds victory in reserve for me and stands guard with me in every circumstance and endeavour that I undertake.
I pray this declaration of faith in the name of Jesus Christ! Amen.
Bible Exposition Commentary – Be Skillful
The Complete Personalized Promise Bible