My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice
and watching over the way of his saints.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;
for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
discretion will watch over you,
understanding will guard you,
delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,
who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil,
men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.
I found this Proverb to be so encouraging to my soul this morning. Our church is beginning a series on the Proverbs (one of my favorite books of the Bible), so I am slowly trying to read through per our pastors' suggestions. I was just overcome by the Lord's kindness and promises found in the verses of this Proverbs. Of course, it is only by the grace of God that we desire to make our ears attentive and incline our hearts, it is a miracle of the Lord that we ask the Lord for wisdom and understanding. But, His Word promises that when we do, if we do, THEN WE WILL have this wisdom come into our hearts.
I need wisdom in so many aspects of my life. It is so kind of the Lord to let us know that it is his pleasure to give it to us. Lord, please watch over my ways and guard my paths and let discretion watch over me. Help me to understand righteousness and justice, and please, let wisdom come into my heart.