Welcome to Day 8 of our Journey through “31 Days of Wisdom”!
Today’s category is first person from Wisdom ‘herself’, “The Blessings of Wisdom”.
I have talked with people of varied beliefs about universal wisdom or laws of the universe. Some commonalities are that:
- wisdom is timeless and pure
- it is beyond our natural world
- and these laws of the universe determine our physical experience
One point I try to make is that no matter what someone’s belief system, as soon as we seek wisdom in it’s purest form and then bring it into our worldly and flawed environment to practice, it then becomes diminished to some degree by our own human imperfection. No matter how hard we try as humans, we are imperfect and apply even the best knowledge in most cases imperfectly.
However, the Blessings of Wisdom in this chapter still promise us some incredible things in our experience seeking and finding Wisdom. Blessings we can experience in this world, and I believe eternal blessings as well. Wisdom even promises “favor from the Lord”. I think most would agree, we can go about our every day tasks and efforts giving our very best, but to have God’s favor upon our lives would be incredible! Go in peace, seek and find wisdom, and find favor in the days to come… and don’t forget to share your Blessings and Wisdom with others.
[shareable cite=”https://www.bible.com/bible/59/PRO.8.ESV”]The Blessings of Wisdom
1 Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? 2 On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; 3 beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: 4 ‘To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man. 5 O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense. 6 Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right, 7 for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. 9 They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge. 10 Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, 11 for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12 ‘I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. 13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. 14 I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength. 15 By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; 16 by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly. 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. 18 Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. 19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver. 20 I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice, 21 granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.
22 ‘The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. 23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26 before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. 27 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, 29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, 30 then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.
32 ‘And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. 34 Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, 36 but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.’ ESV brought to you by Crossway (a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers) Sign up to receive news and updates about the ESV.[/shareable]
Please see the Welcome to 31 Days of Wisdom post if you missed it. There are some starting resources and recommendations there.
For some helpful commentaries and other resources to dig in deeper you may enjoy the following links, or your own search at a local book store or online search/purchase.
- YouVersion® Bible.com Reading Plans – Proverbs
- Matthew Henry’s Commentary from BibleGateway
- Top 5 Commentaries post from Ligonier’s Ministry
- Proverbs Resources from PreceptAustin
“Make it a purpose-filled and on-target day!”