Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding, For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction. When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother, Then he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live; Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. “Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you. “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. “Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her. “She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty.” Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many. I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble. Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life. (Proverbs 4:1-13)
We know that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom (Prov. 1:7). The Lord wants to give us wisdom. He wants us to not only know Him, but to have understanding of His person.
- We know that we must be open to wise instruction if we are to have insight
- We must seek out follow sound teaching
- Wisdom is our protector
- Wisdom honors those who embrace her with grace and beauty
- We know that we must be obedient to God’s word to have a victorious life
Wisdom and understanding come only from the Lord. It is a gift He wants to give us because it is through wisdom and understanding that we come to know His character. The more we know Him, the deeper our love for Him will grow and the greater our fear and awe will be; and He will be glorified!