“I am Lady Wisdom, and I live next to Sanity; Knowledge and Discretion live just down the street.
The Fear-of-God means hating Evil,whose ways I hate with a passion—pride and arrogance and crooked talk.
Good counsel and common sense are my characteristics; I am both Insight and the Virtue to live it out.
With my help, leaders rule, and lawmakers legislate fairly;
With my help, governors govern, along with all in legitimate authority.
I love those who love me, those who look for me find me.
Wealth and Glory accompany me—also substantial Honor and a Good Name.
My benefits are worth more than a big salary, even a very big salary; the returns on me exceed any imaginable bonus.
You can find me on Righteous Road—that’s where I walk—at the intersection of Justice Avenue,
Handing out life to those who love me, filling their arms with life—armloads of life!” (Proverbs 8:12-21 The Message)
There are two kinds of wisdom:
I am a big fan of reading as much as you possibly can. Books open your mind and imagination and spark creativity in the most unique way. However, reading can only gain you so much knowledge if you are unable to apply that which you are studying.
The entire Book of Proverbs revolves around wisdom. In this 31 day study, it may begin to feel a bit redundant when you flip open your Bible and the header for the day’s chapter is wisdom related. “Seriously, how much can one say about wisdom? I get it already!”
But do you get it?
We can memorize every line of Proverbs and still not live our lives with wisdom as it is referenced in the Scriptures. You can have the most intelligent mind among your peers and be severely lacking in common sense. Biblical wisdom is having the ability to discern right from wrong. This is disturbing, but a good portion of serial killers are highly educated minds with insanely high IQs yet they can’t differentiate between good and evil.
Wisdom is not something you read about and grasp instantaneously. You have to seek it, daily. Before your feet even hit the floor each morning, you should be asking God for discernment in all that you deal with in the course of that day. If you are not actively pursuing wisdom, foolishness will find you. A life lived with wisdom will be pleasurable and prosperous while the one who rejects it will find themselves on a crooked path that leads to destruction.