June 6 - Proverbs 3:17

Thursday, June 6, 2013

“Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace.”

The ‘her’ in that sentence is wisdom, not a female.  In this passage, the author is looking for wisdom and when it is found, the finder is happy.

Job asks where wisdom can be found (Job 28:12, 20). It can’t be found anywhere on earth, it can only be found with God.

Why look for wisdom? Let’s look at the entire passage:

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, 
   for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. 
She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. 
  Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. 
Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. 
  She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; 
    those who hold her fast will be blessed. 
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, 
  by understanding he set the heavens in place; 
by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, 
  and the clouds let drop the dew. (Proverbs 3:13-20)

Wisdom is worth far more than any material wealth
Wisdom lasts long after our lives are over
Wisdom makes sense of that which is disrupted
Wisdom brings peace
Wisdom offers life to those who will listen
Wisdom brings blessings to those who stay near

Creation was wrought by the wisdom of God.

Wisdom is one of those things we all desire, but few understand the requirements to gain.

Lemuel K. Washburn said, “If wisdom and diamonds grew on the same tree we could soon tell how much men loved wisdom.”