Proverbs: Walking in Wisdom
Walking Happily with Wisdom
Walking Happily with Wisdom
What is the one thing that you want the most? What is your big dream?
Wisdom understands the way of life according to creation
19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; 20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.
God’s inexhaustible wisdom is evident in creation—evident in creation’s vastness and in its minuscule details.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33 ESV)
Proverbs points out that with wisdom we can learn God’s order in creation and live by it wisely.
24 Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise: 25 the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer; 26 the rock badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the cliffs; 27 the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank; 28 the lizard you can take in your hands, yet it is in kings’ palaces. (Proverbs 30:24-28 ESV)
- Rock badgers
Since Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer of all creation, and all things are for his glory, we must know him to understand creation’s order and live by it (Colossians 1:16-17).
Wisdom enables you to live well
21 My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion, 22 and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. 23 Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. 24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, 26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.
Life is better lived when we have and exercise wisdom.
- You’ll walk securely
- You won’t stumble
- You’ll lie down without fear
- You’ll sleep better
- You’ll have confidence in God’s providential care
All of these things will be experienced in good measure today and in perfect fullness in the life to come.
With Wisdom, you’ll be a blessing and will be blessed
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you. 29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you. 30 Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm. 31 Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways, 32 for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence. 33 The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous. 34 Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. 35 The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace. (Proverbs 3:27-35 ESV)
When we understand that God offers wisdom to us in the person of Jesus Christ, and we humble ourselves to receive him and his way, then we live in God’s favor and are given honor.
Being a recipient of love, mercy, grace, and wisdom is evident when we treat people (neighbors) well. People walking in the wisdom of God take care of their community.
Pursue wisdom above all else.
13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, 14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed. (Proverbs 3:13-18 ESV)
Because wisdom is the way of creation that enables you to live well and is the source of blessings, we should pursue it as the treasure that it is.
What will make you happy? Solomon says, “Happy (blessed) is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding.” Wisdom is better than silver or gold, and it is better than gains or profits.
- The value of silver and gold fluctuates, but the value of wisdom remains constant.
- There are risks of losing gains and profits, as well as silver, gold, and jewelry, but wisdom cannot be lost.
- Wisdom has supreme value because it profits your life and the lives of others around you.
- Wisdom is better than treasure because it shapes us into the kind of people who can handle profits and gains in the right way.
See 1 Kings 3
The Book of Proverbs, like all others in the Bible, points to Jesus and calls to the reader to know Jesus, to walk with him, and to be in a relationship with him.