Proverbs 8:13-21

In Proverbs 8:13-21 Solomon continues his education for us around wisdom.  “The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.” Reverence for God and His wisdom is not neutral towards evil. Like God, wisdom hates evil, along with the pride and arrogance and perverted speech that often express evil.  Wisdom will cause us to hate evil in line with God’s feeling toward it.  Christ Followers not only hate sin like God does, but run from it and put their energy and focus on walking in obedience to God and away from sin and the evil that is part of it.

Solomon has wisdom and because of that has wise counsel, insight and strength. “I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength.” There is no question that history shows just how important wisdom is for leaders.  “By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly.” Many leaders and rulers gain power, stay in power, and exercise power through receiving and using wisdom.  And when they do, it causes them to lead well and govern justly.  Wisdom is the enabler for great leadership and governance.  It is the secret sauce!

Solomon makes it clear that those who love and pursue wisdom will find themselves rewarded. The will find wisdom and the blessings wisdom brings. “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.” It boils down to our desire to seek wisdom.  If we do, we will be blessed by finding it.  Sometimes people want to equate wisdom to riches.  That’s not what is meant here. “Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.” When we seek wealth, it can corrupt us and lead us away from Jesus.  But when we seek wisdom, it makes us rich in understanding and walking with Christ in righteousness.  It is not the path to becoming rich.

The fruit of wisdom is far better than money.  It isn’t measured that way. “My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.” Obedience leads to blessing.  If we walk with Christ and are obedient to God’s ways, we will find that not only our life, but that of our inheritors will be blessed. “I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice, granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.” Wisdom passed on can be a mighty powerful tool to impact those in our patch.  It fills them up with God’s blessing and goodness.  It fulfills their souls.

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