“13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding;”
A man who has found wisdom cannot help but rejoice. He has found something more precious than rubies (vs. 15a), Solomon says, and not only that, but “all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. (vs15b)”
Wisdom is seen as a big deal by the writer and he talks in this section of the benefits of seeking her.
Here are some attributes and blessings stemming from wisdom (verses 16-18):
– Length of days in her right hand.
– Riches and honour in her left.
– Pleasant are her ways.
– All her ways are peace.
– A tree of life to those who take hold of her.
– Happy are those who retain her.
An impressive list to say the least, not to mention bold!
How can the writer say this? Is it true?
Well let us look at it practically. If we live wisely it will make a difference in every aspect of our lives. We won’t listen to the perverse man. We will deal carefully with our wealth. We will avoid the ways of darkness. We will uplift people and not harshly treat them with our words.
If we look at it that way, we can see it makes sense that all those blessings come to us.
When there is any discussion of wisdom it is “wise” to include God, being the giver of said blessing.
As Proverbs says, “19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens; 20 by His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew.”
This tells us two things. One, wisdom is an attribute from God used in creation, so it is kind of a big deal. Two, wisdom comes from God, so He must be pursued when one seeks wisdom.
“21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes– Keep sound wisdom and discretion; 22 So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck. 23 Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble.”
We are advised to not let sound wisdom and discretion depart from us. Once we have them, it’s nonsensical to let them slip out of our sight.
As mentioned before, these added blessings of having godly wisdom make sense; just as if you see clearly you will be able to walk safely, if you perceive life clearly you will not stumble in your reasoning.
“24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. 25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.”
Have you ever lain in bed caught up in the dread of life’s situations? It can come upon any of us. Proverbs provides some of the greatest lines of uplifting comments in the Bible, and here is a cracker. The Lord will be your confidence. The Lord of lords and King of kings will be your confidence. All for you. You don’t get better than that in terms of surety. Praise God for His goodness to us. Sleep well. Amen
Things to ponder: If seeking wisdom is part of seeking God, is it right to hesitate in seeking wisdom? What (or Whom) will you find when you become wise?