Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? (Proverbs 8:1)
As promised, this week we are going to take another walk, this time down a street we will call Victory Lane. Over the past few weeks we have discussed the perilous consequences of ignoring the voice of Wisdom; now let’s look at the great rewards of heeding her voice.
We are going to park in Chapter 8 for a bit. Over the next few weeks we will examine some of the many facets of wisdom and discover how wisdom and understanding will help us live a richer, more victorious and God honoring life.
In this part of our study we’re going to cover five aspects of the “call to wisdom”:
- The pursuit
- The preeminence
- The presence
- The pre-existence
- The prediction
The pursuit of wisdom (verses 1-11)
Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: “To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man. O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense. Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right, for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are Righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge. Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Wisdom is a gift from God. It is a gift He wants us to have; a gift He offers generously. As evidence of that statement we go 1 Kings 3:5-12.
5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”
10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.
We see in this passage that the Lord came to Solomon and offered him a gift of his choosing (v5). Do you think God was surprised by Solomon’s request?
Considering that God is omniscient, that He knows all things, the answer to that question would have to be “no“.
So, why did the Lord ask? Why didn’t God just give Solomon the wisdom He wanted him to have? Here is a thought. Could it be that by giving Solomon the opportunity to make his request and then God’s fulfilling that request, God’s faithfulness was made evident?
True confession. I sometimes struggle with prayer. Sometimes I question why, since God already knows what’s in my mind and heart, do I need to pray at all? When those kind of thoughts come, I have to remind myself, it’s not about me. I have to remember, it is for HIS GLORY! HIS GREAT NAME!
For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself. (1 Samuel 12:22)
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:10-11)
When we pursue the things of God, when we pray according to God’s perfect will, we can be certain that God will hear and answer. Psalm 17:6 says – “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words”. And in Psalm 37:4 we are told – Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Look again at 1 Kings 3, verses 10 and 12. God didn’t just grant Solomon’s petition, God took pleasure in His son and God gave beyond that which Solomon asked. Our God is an extravagant God!
In our Proverbs reading this week we have seen that the voice of God calls out to us. We learn that His omnipresence is our fortress, His omniscience is our shield, and His omnipotence is our strength.
The value of God’s word cannot be measured by man for it is far beyond all human understanding; no man can comprehend the goodness of God. As we put our trust in Christ and live in obedience to His great counsel, we will grow in knowledge and understanding; we will walk joyfully in the fear of the LORD.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)
- Based on this week’s passage from Proverbs , what do we gain when we answer the call to wisdom? (verses 1-5)
- What are the 5 assurances we can have concerning the words of wisdom? (verses 6-9)
- In your own words, write a summary of the ultimate benefits of following wisdom’s instruction? (verses 10-11)
- Google the term “Godly Wisdom”. From your search, choose 10 verses and note what each one teaches you about God.
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