Seeking GODLY WISDOM DAILY in our LIVES
July 1 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 7-9
"For wisdom is better than rubies and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. I (wisdom) love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord. But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death" (Prov 8:11, 17, 34-36)
Proverbs 8 introduces wisdom as a lady who takes her stand at the top of a high hill and cries out to all the people passing by the entrance of the city gates (v. 1-3). In fact, eminent scholars have categorized Proverbs 8 as containing the longest sustained personification in the Bible, introducing ‘lady wisdom’ who does most of the speaking in this chapter. She takes a highly visible position in order to attract the attention of as many people as possible (v. 1–3; see 1:20–21). She describes her audience as fools who need hearts to understand prudence and wisdom (v. 5). She speaks nothing but truth and righteousness (vv. 7–8), virtues that are more rare and valuable than gold and rubies (vv. 10–11).
This is a poetic way of teaching us that God Himself is the very essence of wisdom. The very foundation of wisdom is the holy reverence (fear) and knowledge of God. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Prov 9:10) What is meant by the fear of the Lord? Prov. 8:13 answers it this way: "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate."
The key passage chosen for today’s devotion speaks to us that nothing can be compared in this world to finding godly wisdom. We need to earnestly search for godly wisdom in our daily activities. When we find godly wisdom, we will find both life and obtain godly favor in our lives. When we understand godly wisdom, then we will know God more clearly (v. 35; see John 14:6), but if we despise godly wisdom, we will surely die (v. 36; see John 3:36). Let us seek after godly wisdom today and every day for the rest of our lives!