God’s wisdom is a treasure beyond value, and it is freely available to all who would have it. The Bible is for ordinary people, not just scholars and super students. The price of gaining biblical insight is not high intelligence, but humble faith and obedience. Wisdom is learning to know and do God’s will. It is acquired over time as we read through the Bible with open hearts and act on what God is saying to us in His Word each day. There are certainly Bible study skills that can and should be learned from Bible teachers and pastors. But those skills are only effective when we really want to grow in our relationships with Christ.
That is why so many passages in Proverbs, especially the first nine chapters, continually urge us to “receive” and “desire” and “find out” knowledge, instruction, and wisdom (Proverbs 8:10-12). God knows that wisdom begins with the longing to be wise, the humble fear of the Lord that persuades our wills to want to submit to His will. As long as people remain unwilling to change and do what God says, they remain fools in His sight. To be wise we must first be willing to “hate evil” the way that God does (v. 13). We must also be willing to accept God’s guidance or counsel in making both big and little decisions (v. 14). Biblical wisdom is intended to be the foundation of good government in nations (vv. 15-16), so it should certainly be the cornerstone on which we build our individual and family lives. Finally, the wise generally also find financial success and peace (vv. 18-19, 21)). This is because they have accepted God’s ownership of all their possessions and embraced their roles as responsible stewards of what God has entrusted to them.
As we have studied through Proverbs this summer, have you stopped to ask yourself: “Do I want wisdom? Do I want to know God’s ways and how to live a biblical lifestyle?” If the answer is yes, then you have probably been growing in wisdom this summer, even if you don’t see it from one day to the next. Those who truly want wisdom will find it – God says so plainly in verse 20: “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.” If you want to avoid sin and love God and please Him with your life, He will show you how (v. 20). God offers His wisdom and Himself to everyone who is willing to turn from their sin and put their trust in Him. Keep putting your hope in Him today – you will never be disappointed!
The Text (Proverbs 8:10-21)
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold;
11 For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth.
17 I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver.
20 I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.
Questions to Think About
- What sins are easiest for you to hate? What sins are hardest for you to hate?
- What would it be like if our national and state governments made biblical truth the foundation of all their decisions and actions? What big changes would we see in the laws, policies, and programs of the United States and North Carolina?
- In what ways have you grown in God’s wisdom this summer?