Proverbs 4:5-7 ESV
“Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.”
My Grandfather (who has now passed) was a man who was truly content with his lot in life. My Grandparents, by society’s standards did not have a lot, but to them they had everything they needed. A home, food on the table, a wood stove to keep them warm (really warm,) a church and a vehicle to get them to church.
Sadly, this contentedness seems to be something rarely found now. The world we live in is one that is extremely materialistic, always chasing after the latest trends, toys and gadgets. We are continually bombarded with targeted marketing to make it appear as though our lives will completely fall apart if we don’t jump on the train that is trending.
Proverbs reminds us that if we desire wisdom, then we should get wisdom and if we get anything, get insight. That is a pretty simple way of putting it isn’t it? James 1:5 also tells us “ If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” God wants us to ask Him for more wisdom, and He lets us know that He will give it to us.
In a culture that is always pursuing “the next best thing” we are called to be a generation that seeks after wisdom and insight. If we don’t forsake her (wisdom) she will keep us and if we love her, she will guard us. I want to live my life safely within the bounds of wisdom and insight.
Oftentimes we view The Bible as a set of rules, when really it is a fence made by the Great Shepherd to protect His sheep. How differently could certain situations have ended if only we had more wisdom and insight? I can only speak for myself, but there are many instances in my life where I could have used a little more of both.
Let’s allow wisdom to keep and guard us today, we can rest safely behind her walls.
Prayer: God, today I desire and ask for more wisdom and insight, please help me to be more like You. Let Your wisdom govern and rule my thoughts, actions and responses.