This week’s reading was more challenging than I thought it would be! The book of Proverbs is dripping with wise words and if I’m honest, I find myself getting a bit bored reading all of them at times! But to hear the value that Solomon puts in wisdom and knowledge and to hear that we’re actually called to pursue this, was new to me. SOAP sort of went all over Proverbs 1-3 for me, but Solomon repeats himself so often that I knew I needed to keep jotting it down. I’m so grateful we are doing this together!
s - proverbs 3:13 – Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding.
15b – … nothing you desire can compare with her
17 – her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace
18a – She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her
Chapters 1-3 are all about the value of wisdom & knowledge
Solomon makes it clear that God does not withhold these from anyone
He also makes it clear that we need to aggressively seek these traits
3:15 really sums up the value for me – “nothing you desire can compare …” NOTHING.
Solomon goes on to describe the possession of wisdom and understanding as “pleasantness, peace, life” – words I really wouldn’t have associated with these traits
a – I’ve never thought of myself as wise & knowledgeable. These are traits I see in others (especially those older than me) and often covet. I’ve really only thought about the pursuit of knowledge by reading, going to school and studying up on a subject. But wisdom? Well that’s just a matter of living longer, right? I can develop knowledge from all sorts of places, but Solomon makes this statement in Provers 1:7 – “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. He goes on to say in 2:4-5 –
If you seek it [understanding] like silver & search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
So seeking understanding is what leads to a fear of the Lord and that then leads to wisdom.
p – Lord, this is difficult to wrap my mind around. First, I’m grateful any of this is attainable! I think about the stories of treasure hunters and it seems as though true wisdom and knowledge is like grasping the wind. But it’s the value of the treasure that keeps one seeking. To know that Solomon says there’s nothing greater to desire, proves that it’s worth seeking. Father as I read your Word, may it not only come alive in my heart, but in my mind as well! As I read your word, let me do so with fresh eyes asking and seeking an understanding that only You can give. As I read, let me sit and absorb all that you have to say before moving on. Let me understand the fear of You! And then I know that’s only the beginning of what You have to show me. Praise You!