Proverbs 9

Proverbs 9 has Solomon teaching us the difference between wisdom and folly.  There is a 180 degree difference with one leading to life, the other death.  He begins by warning us not to try and correct a scoffer, but to use our efforts to help those seeking wisdom to learn.  “Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you”.  Big difference in the response, but also a big reality that you can’t help everyone.  Those who have an attitude of knowing it all will not receive your help.

But investing in those who are trying to gain wisdom will bring big rewards.  “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning”.  That’s how we need to pursue wisdom.  We need to seek it with all our heart and realize that we don’t know it all but can learn from others as they share what they know of God’s truth.  That’s what we need to pursue – others knowledge and wisdom that God has entrusted to them to share with others.  That’s part of the wisdom journey – sharing what God teaches us.

And that journey begins with knowing God and where He sits in this world.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight”.  Our ability to get God’s wisdom into our life is based on our understanding who God is and where He fits on the org chart of the universe.  He’s at the top, way up at the top, and He alone is the source of all wisdom.  As we learn about Him we also receive all knowledge and insight.  None of it is mans.  It all comes from God.

There is a real enemy to the pursuit of wisdom.  “Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way, But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol”.  There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is death.  That’s the story around folly.  If we lose the pursuit of God, we are going to spend life disconnected from Him.  Folly pulls us into the ditch and to a place we don’t want to go.


One response to this post.

  1. Awesome thoughts! Im going through Proverbs at the moment – some real gems in there 🙂


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