Moral Benefits of Wisdom
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways. Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. None who go to her return or attain the paths of life. Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.
In this chapter of Proverbs, God is telling us the benefits of seeking out His wisdom. He desires for us to not only listen for it, but also use it and continually search for it. This will give us knowledge and understanding that will help shield and protect us from the wicked ways of the world. We will be given the ability to discern who is speaking truth and who is stretching the truth to suit their own personal agenda. It will help us draw closer to God Almighty, the creator of heaven and earth. When have you felt shielded by God’s understanding and wisdom? How have you experienced a ‘dead spirt’ come to life through God’s wisdom?
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the protection you offer us through seeking your wisdom. I pray Lord, for the courage to share with others the wisdom you give to those who believe in You and Your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.