The benefits of wisdom

Proverbs 2:3-8

“if, indeed, you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, 4  if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, 5  then you will understand the fear of the LORD and learn to know God. 6  For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7  He stores up sound wisdom for the upright and is a shield to those who walk in integrity— 8  guarding the paths of the just and protecting the way of his faithful ones.”

There are two primary ways to gain wisdom.  First is God given and secondly is after long periods of time searching for knowledge and how to apply it.  Either way you gain knowledge, one must acknowledge that the source of all wisdom is God and His word. In this way, wisdom is a gift from God for those who seek it humbly and take the time to study from His word. Since gaining wisdom from God is strenuous work, it takes a sincere heart to follow through from start to finish.  The prideful and rebellious can lose sight of the simple truths of God because they hold on to worldly wisdoms that even children can understand as said by Jesus in Matthew 11:25.  This is the case because they would chose to ignore God’s many lessons.  

This scripture clearly illustrates how to seek understanding as well.  Having common sense and having understanding of many situations walk hand-in-hand.  How many times have you been around people that were so intelligent and could not chew gum and walk at the same time?  Common sense is very important because it shows you can apply your understanding in daily situations.  

I also love it when the scripture describes how the Lord protects the paths of the godly.  What a beautiful thing to think about when seeking knowledge from the Lord and applying it into your life.  It reminds me of Psalm 49:3.

“My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.”

The reason why I correlate these scriptures is because it describes putting knowledge into action which is wisdom. When Psalm 49:3 speaks about speaking wisdom, it is describing not uttering trivial things and only speaking important things.  It is another way to apply the wisdom we learn from God into our lives.  I hope I did not lose anyone today from this lesson and that you can apply it in your lives today.  Please have a blessed day!

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