I hope you’re enjoying reading through Proverbs so far. We’ve already had whole chapters about the priceless value of Wisdom … and the perils of her competitor, Folly in various forms.
Today is no different, but I hope you’ll start asking yourself a couple questions as you read Proverbs today and in the days ahead:
Do I indeed hear Wisdom’s invitation? Do I really come to her house more, or to Folly’s?
And is there evidence that I got my answer to #1 right?
I suspect maybe most of us reading SOLID today would count ourselves as wiser than average. And maybe many of us are exactly right! We read Proverbs and hear the Spirit affirming His gift of Wisdom in each and every verse. Awesome!
I confess, however, that I’m not getting 100%, and I crave what I’m missing. Read chapter 10. It’s one of those great places in the Bible that says, “Here’s how you can tell if you ….” In this case, “Here’s how you can tell if you’re wise.” To the extent that you bring joy to your father (vs. 1), then take heart: You’re wise. Or to the extent you stir up conflict (vs. 12), then pause a bit. This is one of those moments to pray for how God wants to develop you. Don’t just read the proverbs as a list of comfy platitudes, but as a time to examine and measure your life.
Finally, here’s the big test: Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” May I turn this around and challenge you? To what extent do you put the Lord in the Number 2 spot? Whenever you find yourself seeking your own will instead of His, pause a bit! That’s a sign that you might be stepping across the street from Wisdom to Folly.
Thanks to You, God, for Your gift of Wisdom. If I trust Your word, Wisdom is even more elemental than water, air, or earth. She gives life, and that’s what I want today. Amen.