True Wisdom Is Not What You Think It Is

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. I walk in the path of righteousness, in the pathway of justice, that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, and that I may fill their treasuries…..l Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching at my doors day by day, waiting beside my doorway. For the one who finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But the one who does not find me brings harm to himself; all who hate me love death.”” Proverbs 8:17, 20-21, 34-36 NET


Wisdom is personified in this chapter. True wisdom is Jesus, Who is also identified in this chapter. Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor, the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-wise God. People want wisdom—possibly our number one prayer request. We want wisdom to avoid pain, failure, and calamity. We want wisdom to achieve success and wealth. Wisdom is our desire, for we see in it the ability to avoid loss and to gain success. This is not the purpose of wisdom, though the benefit of wisdom is success and victory. As Jesus taught, true treasure is the treasure in heaven. God will reward His faithful servants for their service to Him on earth. Wisdom keeps us focused on righteousness, the will of God, doing the work of God for the glory of God to please God and thus receive the reward of God. Wisdom leads to eternal life, which is our greatest reward, for it guides us in obedience to the will of God. Wisdom keeps us from ultimate failure, for the one who loves God, demonstrated by his obedience to God, will never be condemned by God on that day. He judges all people based on His will and ways as He commanded by His word. The wise person seeks God through the Scriptures and does what he hears God command, working for the glory of God on earth as He is glorified in heaven. Pursuing God’s wisdom is walking in God’s ways just as Jesus, God’s wisdom, for He is God personified, walked in humble obedience and service to the Father on earth before returning to heaven to be glorified forever.


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