Read 137.) Proverbs chapters 4 thru 6. Solomon was said to have been the wisest man to have ever lived. I Kings 4:29 thru 31 supports this contention. The very next verse, 32, says that he spoke 3,000 proverbs. This book provides something of only a sampling of those. And, we get to imbibe of them. We have defined wisdom, for our purposes, as ‘Seeing the issues of life from God’s perspective, and then directing our own prayers, thoughts, words and actions towards His ends’. Does that make perfect sense to you? God, how should I be looking at this? What is Your will concerning this matter? How should I be praying to You about this? Is there more to this that I am in need of knowing? As this is being discussed, what words should I use in order to represent Your will here best? Is there anything that I should be doing that would advance Your own ends and purposes here, that would bring this to that end and conclusion as You would have it? This is the way of wisdom. God’s way is the right way… every time. And, He wants us to always only go His way. He promises to let us in on His view, that we may know His will, and walk in all His ways. This is well-pleasing unto Him.
Proverbs 4:7 says that, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” There is a place for our feelings, and for our own thought processes to help us through the course of our lives, but there is always the necessity for God’s perspective; for wisdom. Never fear explaining your dependence upon the will of God, only wanting to go His way. It is what 3:5+6 is about. Do not rely solely upon your own understanding. Acknowledge your dependence upon Him, and He will direct your paths.
I believe it is instructive here t0 take note all the many times that Solomon admonishes his own sons to heed the wise guidance that he is giving, but then to ask the question, and to later take note, as we read in the story further… did any of them take this to heart? Maybe not! O, how it is that so many of us do not have the wisdom to learn from the wise, but must go about learning the important lessons of life… the hard way, thru the ‘school of hard knocks’! I believe that I was one of those, myself; and, a fool before I sought out and acquired wisdom. Chapter 5, and verse 21, constitutes this first lesson in the fear of the Lord. God sees, and He knows! And, He will call to account. Fear Him!!! First instructions have much to do with duty, honor, character and integrity. They have to do with moral purity, and right financial dealings. These include diligence and hard work. We say, Of course, to all these, but how rare are they among men, and how strong are these with you? Let us desire and seek after wisdom, and ask it of God, that we might live before Him in a manner well-pleasing unto Him. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell