1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8
Wisdom. In the book of James, we read: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5). What an amazing treasure. All we must do to have wisdom is ask for it. He gives it without finding fault, which to me means He doesn’t think we’re stupid for having to ask. In the verses above in Proverbs we read only a portion of the beautiful promises that are ours as we walk in wisdom. Those who find wisdom find life and receive favor from the Lord. It appears evident that wisdom is something to ask for, to pursue, to value highly. It is a gift that He delights in giving.
I was watching the popular Downton Abbey the other night. I was impressed by the character of Mrs. Hughes, the head servant in charge of all the downstairs staff of the castle. Mrs. Hughes is a woman of integrity and honor. Not only do her employees seek her out for answers, but even the aristocrats which she serves often summon her for resolving issues, including their personal ones. She is a woman with great wisdom. She is slow to speak, a patient listener, and even when quite frustrated with the problems at hand, she remains calm and dignified, never impulsive. Of course, she is a fictional character so can carry this off well, but it seems that many of her qualities could well be served by all of us.
Going to the Lord for wisdom is critical to our daily walk. I have no idea if Mrs. Hughes does that, but I believe that seeking wisdom and trusting the Holy Spirit to supply it will cause us to look a bit like her in our attitudes and behaviors. The One we truly want to emulate is Christ, and to be Christlike we must have wisdom.
Verse 34 of Proverbs 8 says “watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.” This leads us to the conclusion that to experience wisdom requires being watchful daily, and always patient in waiting for it to reach us. So many times we are impulsive, rushing into decisions because something sounds good or we want it, and we want it now. Watching and waiting are not virtues that come naturally to most of us. “Those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.” Pretty powerful words. Do people actually hate wisdom? At times, probably so, and those who avoid it to satisfy their personal appetites are facing death, likely spiritual death. But it says that those who find me (wisdom) find life. Life has many connotations. Life is what we want to experience, and in the most fulfilling and abundant way. I hope we learn to ask Him for wisdom daily, watch and wait for it to fill us, and see ourselves living a more abundant life.