Proverbs 4:5-8 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
Some of the wise comments my dad shared with me as I was growing up were; “nothing in this world is free,” “if you want something, you have to work for it,” and, “anything worth having is worth working for.” Buried deep within my father’s logic is what Solomon was saying in today’s Proverbs. Wisdom is the most important thing you can obtain. So get wisdom.
How do you get wisdom? Well, first we must see that it doesn’t say find wisdom, it says get wisdom. There is an action involved on our part. Reading the book of Proverbs, will not give you wisdom. It gives you words of wisdom to live by; however, you still must put action to the words as you live.
If you carry a Bible everywhere you go, but never apply the principles in it to your life, it can’t help you. When you learn a principle, it becomes knowledge. It’s what people often refer to as book smarts. You have it in your head, but you never used it.
Wisdom is then taking that knowledge, and applying it to your everyday life. As you do so, you’ll begin to understand how it all works together. However, first you must purpose in your heart that you are going to apply knowledge received from God. Once you see God’s ways are the best ways, you will never want to let them go. You’ll embrace them for eternity.
You might start by asking God for the same thing David did in Psalms 119:18 when He prayed; “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” God is the teacher of all wisdom through the power, and presence of the Holy Spirit. Ask for wisdom. The Bible says that we have not, because we ask not. Let’s ask for it, and apply it today.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Leviticus 15-18 / Proverbs 4:5-8
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Leviticus 4-6 / Matthew 26:57-75
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