12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And find out knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverse mouth I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles,
All the judges of the earth.
17 I love those who love me,
And those who seek me diligently will find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold,
And my revenue than choice silver.
20 I traverse the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.
In his youth, Solomon had the opportunity to chose wealth, power, or wisdom. When he chose wisdom the result was ultimate wealth and power. He could not have known this at that time but in the end he could see how that choosing wisdom was the best path he could have taken. Here in chapter 8, Wisdom is given a personality, a friend group, and character qualities. We learn that wisdom befriends all that is good for us in life. Wisdom hates evil, pride and perversion.
Wisdom, in verse 17, loves those who love her and is found by all who seek after her. Proverbs 8:17 has been one of the guiding beacons of my life. This along with James 1:4 has often called out leading me to seek wisdom in life’s situations. We are not born with wisdom, in fact, foolishness seems to be quite natural. Seeking wisdom is seeking the direction of God; it is looking for the best path possible for all who are involved. Wisdom is loving God and others before loving self. Wisdom thus makes peace or at least lets all others involved know that we are looking for the best result possible.
In verse 19, wisdom is better than gold, though verses 18 and 21 speak to riches being one of the by-products of seeking wisdom. My friends, seek after godly wisdom for when you do seek her you will find her. The results of wisdom may or may not be a level of success in this life but remember that riches of this life are not always gold and silver; the enduring riches may be the people who love and respect you throughout your life.
I received videos yesterday of Rachel in Jakarta, the girl who was thrown from the car nine weeks ago, beginning to walk again. While this was a joy to watch I realized that she still needs our prayers for the strength of her legs and of her will. Do keep her in your prayers as she begins the long road back after breaking both of her legs in December.
Do remember to pray for our kids in high school and in college. There are many pressures around them all the time. Some struggle with health issues that pull against their study time. When you think about it, give a student a call or a text letting them know you are thinking about them and praying for them.
Have a great day in the Lord,