What is wisdom, and why is it important to our lives? In James 1:5, it is written, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” But, how does God give us this wisdom?
“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest thine voice for understanding;
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”
The passage mentions first that we will “understand the fear of the LORD” and “find the knowledge of God” when we receive His words.
What does it mean to receive His words? Jesus spoke about receiving His word in Matthew 13, when He told the parable of the sower to His disciples and to the crowd. In the parable of the sower, Jesus describes four types of people–each represented by a different type of ground. Some seed that “fell by the way side” (verse 4), some “fell upon stony places” (verse 5), some “fell among thorns” (verse 7), and some “fell into good ground” (verse 8). When Jesus Christ explained the parable to His disciples, He said that the seed that fell on the way side represented people who heard the news about God’s kingdom, but did not understand it–they did not receive His word. However, the people signified by the seed that fell upon good ground were those that 1) heard the word, 2) understood it, and 3) produced a crop “of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Matthew 13:23.
Proverbs 2 further says that to “understand the fear of the LORD” and “find the knowledge of God,” we are to hide His commandments within us. Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” When we hide God’s word in our hearts, it keeps us from sinning! When we are kept from sinning by hiding God’s word, sin is kept from separating us from God, and from the Source of wisdom. Wisdom keeps us from sinning and protects us from those who would do us harm. (Proverbs 2:11-22)
The passage then says that to “understand the fear of the LORD” and “find the knowledge of God,” we must cry after knowledge, and lift up our voices for understanding (verse 3). Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” We have the promise that when we seek for God, we shall find Him.
But, why is it important to “understand the fear of the LORD” and “find the knowledge of God?” Verse 6 says “For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” The reason why receiving His words, hiding God’s commandments in our heart, and seeking after knowledge and understanding gives us wisdom is because it brings us to the Source of wisdom. Later on in the book in Proverbs 9:10, it says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy [One] is understanding.” In order to gain even more wisdom, to know how to live a more practical Christian life, and to see the situations in our lives in the proper perspectives we need to look for wisdom from fearing God and knowing the Holy One. God’s wisdom protects us from the ways of evil and of those who wish to harm us. And on top of this, His commandments and His words describe to us what He is like. And as a result of beholding, we become changed to look like what we are beholding–a holy and loving God! It is part of the healing and saving process that God has given us.
God is calling you and wants to give you His wisdom. Will you let Him?
In Christ alone,