Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 124/260: Solomon

Read Proverbs 1:1-7; 3:5-12

The Importance of Wisdom from Above

How important is wisdom? Solomon’s book of Proverbs is highly regarded for its nuggets of inspired wisdom. How often do we apply the truths revealed in this book, though? Could it be that our negligence of God’s wisdom has negatively impacted our quality of life?

If you believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and you believe that God cannot lie, then you must believe these words: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). It is foolish to turn your back on what God has chosen to reveal to us. He has given us words that are “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Why are self-help books so popular? Perhaps it is because people are looking for wisdom that will not require them to make a commitment to God. But God says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). The wisdom of man will never attain the brilliance of the wisdom of God.

He warns, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones” (Proverbs 3:7-8). Do you think you’re smarter than God? You are not. Walking in such a way that leads you away from God is not only risky; it is deadly.

Solomon says, “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10). If you take care of the opportunities to serve God through serving people, using the material blessings with which God has provided, then He will continue to provide.

Finally, it is written, “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights” (Proverbs 3:11-12). God’s prohibitive commands are for our protection, and when we step outside His guidelines, we should expect consequences. Do not despise the wisdom from above.

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