Portraits from Proverbs (04)

Introduction

As we saw yesterday, wisdom’s warning is serious. Today, we’ll look at the blessings wisdom offers.

Bible Reading

Pro. 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

Pro. 8:15-21 (15) By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. (16) By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. (17) I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. (18) Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. (19) My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. (20) I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: (21) That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

Pro. 8:32-36 (32) Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. (33) Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. (34) Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. (35) For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. (36) But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

Wisdom’s Blessings

Wisdom promotes peace and safety. Wisdom empowers people to lead well. Wisdom offers durable prosper. It enriches in ways that excel and outlast mere money. Wisdom teach us how to live right and how to have good judgment. Wisdom allows us to obtain God’s favor. Wisdom makes these, and many other, blessing available to us.

It’s important to remember, though, that these blessings are offered under certain conditions. They are available to those who watch daily at wisdom’s gate. That means we must make it our regular practice to seek wisdom. Most people only seek wisdom in crisis. To enjoy the blessings of wisdom, we need to look for it every day. Second, we’ve got to obey the voice of wisdom – to harken to it. It’s not enough to know what’s wise, you must act wisely.

What About You?

  • Do you really understand how valuable wisdom is?
  • Is it you consistent habit to seek wisdom?

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