Choose my instruction rather than silver,
and knowledge rather than pure gold.
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies.
Nothing you desire can compare with it.
I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
All who fear the Lord will hate evil.
Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,
corruption and perverse speech.
Common sense and success belong to me.
Insight and strength are mine.
Because of me, kings reign,
and rulers make just decrees.
Rulers lead with my help,
and nobles make righteous judgments.
I love all who love me.
Those who search will surely find me.
I have riches and honor,
as well as enduring wealth and justice.
My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold,
my wages better than sterling silver!
I walk in righteousness,
in paths of justice.
Those who love me inherit wealth.
I will fill their treasuries.
Proverbs 8:10-21 (NLT)
We are always in need of wisdom — wisdom to say and do the right things at the right time. We need wisdom for when to speak and when to pause, stay quiet, listen, and consider. We need wisdom to choose between what’s good and what’s best, to know how to walk with integrity in our workplaces, in our parenting, and in our friendships. We need wisdom to love others well, to treat others with kindness, to know how to live as Jesus did.
Thankfully, we don’t have to search for or manufacture wisdom on our own. We simply have to go to the Source.
James 1:5 assures that if we ask for wisdom from God, He will give it to us generously. And our Proverbs passage today tells us that with wisdom, we will gain discernment, good judgment, and knowledge — everything we are desperate for today.
Let’s come before God and ask Him for the wisdom we need — that only He can give — to navigate our lives and our world, to love ourselves and our neighbors well, and to “walk in righteousness and in paths of justice.”Leave a Comment