Men of Character: Wisdom of Solomon (Proverbs 4:7)
Proverbs 4:7, Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
The word principal has the sense of ‘primary,’ ‘first,’ or ‘chief.’ Wisdom ought to be the highest and first priority in life. Wisdom is the ability to exercise the discernment and judgment of God's Word. Wisdom is the ability to apply the Bible to our everyday life. We need to ask God for wisdom in every area of our lives.
Apart from Jesus Christ, the Bible declares Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. Both Testaments speak of Solomon’s wisdom in I Kings 4:30-31; Matthew 12:42. In the beginning, Solomon genuinely loved the Lord (I Kings 3:3). He walked in the instructions of his father (I Kings 3:3). He had a heart of gratitude (I Kings 3:6). He was humble (I Kings 3:7). He had a teachable spirit (I Kings 3:7). He feared God (I Kings 3:9). Solomon possessed an attitude that caused him to seek for wisdom and understanding, which in turn, pleased the Lord.
The Bible values wisdom greater than any treasure one could ever desire (Proverbs 3:14-15; 8:10-11). According to Proverbs, those who pursue wisdom will reap the benefits that come from receiving wisdom: happiness (Proverbs 3:13, 18), length of days, riches, and honor (Proverbs 3:16), pleasantness and peace (Proverbs 3:17), tree of life (Proverbs 3:18), life to your soul and grace to your neck (Proverbs 3:22), safety and not stumbling (Proverbs 3:23), and sweet rest (Proverbs 3:24).
How does one obtain this measure of wisdom? According to Proverbs 2:6, wisdom comes from the Lord. Proverbs 2:6, For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10). One cannot get true wisdom until he gets saved. Wisdom comes by: The Word of God (Psalm 19:7), wise men (Proverbs 13:20), a godly pastor (Jeremiah 3:15), and asking the Lord (James 1:5). Notice: James doesn’t say, “Go to the philosophers, or go get the latest best seller”. Rather than looking to men, or the latest philosophical fad, he urged them to look to God for the wisdom they needed.
Wisdom benefits not only the one who has it, but also those who come in contact with the one who is wise. Proverbs 13:20a, He that walketh with wise men shall be wise...” Children learn an abundant amount of wisdom by what they see in their parents. Every believer, especially every father, needs wisdom. We know that wisdom is priceless and essential but we must decide we want it. Those who choose to refuse, or reject, it will make foolish choices. Every father must take every opportunity to make wise decisions.
PRAYER: Father, today I want to start the day with You on my mind and in my heart. Help me crave Your presence more than I crave sin. Help me grow in the fruit of the Spirit and walk closer with You. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering into distractions. Lord, thank You for the people You have placed in my life. Give me a heart of discernment to know when You are using someone to speak instruction into my heart and my circumstances. In Jesus name, AMEN.
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