We see here that Wisdom begins to speak on Its own behalf, therefore we can read throughout the rest of the chapter the descriptions of Christ Himself.
“I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.”
He dwells where prudence is found. To be prudent is to be cautious in practice with purpose. When we seek to fulfill His purpose for our lives, we must be diligent to follow His guidance.
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Our time is running short, we must redeem the time we have been given.
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
Would the Lord consider you to be prudent in your endeavors?
Job 41-42 | Revelation 4 | Proverbs 31
“Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.”
What are you receiving today?
The temporal things will soon fade away. Will you be empty handed?
Wealth and material items may satisfy our desire for a short while, but not for long. Soon we will desire more, and more.
Consider the value of the things that occupy your attention and desires.
“For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
When Peter and John saw the lame man by the Beautiful gate of the temple, they understood the value of the Wisdom they possessed.
“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ…”
No amount of money can compare to the worth of the Wisdom that is found in Jesus Christ. Within His Word lies more Wisdom than we could ever desire to find.
“The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.”
“Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.”
Job 39-40 | Revelation 3 | Proverbs 30
“Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.”
The Lord calls to everyone through His Word. Red, yellow, black and white, they are all precious in His sight. Whosoever. The simplicity of the Gospel makes it easy to understand, yet many choose to complicate the Truth.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”
When the Word of God is heard, we have a choice to believe or reject the Truth. His Word is true whether or not we choose to believe by faith.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Those that do not understand the Scriptures are without the Wisdom of God. We cannot understand until we first place our faith in Him, and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work within us.
1 Corinthians 2:13-14
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Ask God to open your eyes today to the wonderful Truths of His Word.
“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”
Job 37-38 | Revelation 1-2 | Proverbs 29
“Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.”
Jesus Christ, the Preacher of preachers, proclaimed the Gospel like no other, for He is the Heart of the Gospel. Without Him, there is no Good News to share or proclaim.
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”
The cry of Wisdom is penned throughout the pages of Scripture as each human author wrote the Words of Jesus Christ from their account. As you read your Bible, do you hear His voice?
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.”
Though we do not hear Him audibly, His voice speaks to our hearts and minds. We can only hear what the Lord has to say when we take the time to open His a Word.
Throughout the Scriptures we find Jesus proclaiming His purpose. He lived and preached the Gospel so that we may also proclaim the same Good News to those who are without Him.
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
Job 35-36 | Jude | Proverbs 28
No one is immune from strange wisdom; however, even if we are successful in avoiding it, we are likely to see its affects on some others around us.
“He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”
Hearkening and attending to the Word of God is our only true defense against strange wisdom and the wiles of the devil. When our discernment fails, and our flesh prevails, we have an Advocate to plead our case.
1 John 2:1-5
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”
Strange wisdom has caused many to be cast down and wounded, even those who once stood for the Truth. May we strive today to stay grounded within the Wisdom of the Word of God so that we can stand strong for the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Job 33-34 | 3 John | Proverbs 27
“For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:"
When we are void of understanding, we are more susceptible to strange wisdom. This begins when we allow ourselves to venture into the darkness of the world.
“And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)”
When we walk in darkness, we meet people who subtly influence us to compromise on the things we once strongly believed. What may seem innocent at first, eventually escalates to something we never planned or considered. Before we even realize it, we are no longer who we used to be. Strange wisdom is subtle, but always steers away from Biblical Truth.
“So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed. With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.”
A form of godliness is no substitute for the Truth. Refuse to settle. Refuse to compromise. The best way to ensure that you will not be void of understanding is the abstain from strange wisdom altogether.
Ask the Lord to help you discern what is strange wisdom, and how to avoid it.
Job 31-32 | 2 John 2 | Proverbs 26
“Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.”
The people we are most familiar and acquainted with are our family. We are often protective over our them, and vice versa.
Our family is who we talk to the most, and those that we consult for advice and guidance. They speak comfort to us and provide companionship through the every day experiences of our lives.
“Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.”
We have the opportunity to be as familiar with the Wisdom of the Word of God as we are with our family members. God has preserved and given us His Word so that we may know Him.
“Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”
Rather than consulting a friend or relative first, allow the Scriptures be your first and final authority that any other godly counsel you receive is based upon.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
How familiar are you with the Word?
Job 29-30 | 2 John 1 | Proverbs 25
Tying a string on your finger is a way of remembering to do something that you may otherwise forget. We are a forgetful people; often forgetting to do those things we should, and remembering only to do that which we should not.
The Apostle Paul admitted this trait in his letter to the Romans. He confessed that his flesh often got in the way of what his new nature desired.
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”
Acknowledging and depending on the power of the Word of God is the only one way to resolve the conflict between our flesh and our spirit.
“Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.”
Three times throughout the Book of Proverbs it is written to “bind them” upon ourselves.
Neck - Proverbs 3:3-4
“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.”
An ornament is often placed around the neck for safekeeping, and held close to the heart with special meaning. What are you keeping in your locket today?
Heart - Proverbs 6:21
“Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.”
The heart of the person is displayed in their actions. What is written on your heart today?
Fingers - Proverbs 7:3
“Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.”
We must do whatever is necessary to remember what the Word of God has to say in order to apply the Truth to our lives. What is tied upon your fingers today?
We must bind His Word upon our lives and allow Him to be seen by those around us. Binding wisdom is imperative to fulfilling our God given purpose.
Job 27-28 | 1 John 5 | Proverbs 24
“My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.”
Solomon once again admonishes his son to obey him, but this also gives us another view of the importance of the Wisdom of the Word of God in our lives.
As the Word in the flesh, Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
In Him is life, and without the Word within us we are dead in our sin.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”
We do not live by bread alone, but by every Word of the Word of God.
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Obeying the Word of God gives us life to share Him with others.
“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
Will we keep this Living Wisdom to ourselves?
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
Job 25-26 | 1 John 4 | Proverbs 23
A thief may lack bread, but an adulterer lacks wisdom.
“Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.”
Our unfaithfulness to God is spiritual adultery, the effects of which are shown through the state of our prayer life. If we choose to be friends with the world, we are at enmity with God.
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
If we are not seeing prayers answered, it is wise to evaluate our spiritual condition. Once we are saved, our relationship with God cannot change; but our fellowship with Him depends upon the state of our hearts.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
Job 23-24 | 1 John 3 | Proverbs 22
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