Archive for November 8th, 2018

Proverbs 4:18-22

In Proverbs 4:18-22 Solomon reminds us that walking in God’s wisdom is a bright light. “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble”.  The path of the wicked is gloomy, dark, and dangerous; that of the righteous is open, bright, and glowing.  There are two very different pictures painted here.  If we walk God’s way, we will see clearly.  If we don’t, it’ll be dark and we will stumble and likely fall.  The two choices couldn’t be clearer.  We need to choose the light!

Solomon reminds his son to listen.  That’s one of the biggest challenges we face – being willing to be quiet and hear God’s truth.  He gave us two ears but only one mouth, which should tell us a lot.  “My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart”. But listening as Solomon describes it here is far more than just merely letting words flow into and through our ears.  We need to truly hear the truth, not just in our head, but by translating that truth from our head to our heart.  That’s when we have truly heard something – when it becomes part of us and has penetrated our heart.

Lessons of wisdom are often given, but seldom truly received.  Learning wisdom takes all of our body to be involved.  In the last section of this chapter, scripture makes mention of the body at least 11 times (eyes, feet, and heart are mentioned twice, and ear, flesh, mouth, lips, and eyelids once each). It is a section that speaks powerfully on how we can dedicate each part of our body to wisdom and God’s honor.  Why should we be all in on gaining wisdom?  Solomon tells us “For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh”.  Wisdom gives life.  It is the foundation of living the life God intends for us.

Focusing on gaining wisdom goes against our inherited sinful nature, and all that world bombards us with, but we can and must cultivate a heart that loves wisdom and is focused on pursuing it. If wisdom is regarded as a system of rules and threats, then it’s purpose is never achieved. We should pray for and pursue wisdom – that it will penetrate and change our heart. Wisdom is the very foundation of life, and provides healing to all that we are and do.  It’s why Solomon continues verse after verse to exhort his son to listen and learn it.  It’s why it was the highest pursuit in Solomon’s own life.  And it is why it should be a priority for us to seek and find.  Wisdom is powerful and worthy of our pursuit!

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