The Cry of Wisdom
Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? ~Proverbs 8:1
One of the key themes of the Book of Proverbs is the possession and practice of wisdom. By wisdom, I am referring to spiritual wisdom. The possession of spiritual wisdom gives us insight, knowledge, prudence, foresight, and discernment. Without wisdom. we are ignorant, naïve, and foolish. In our devotion this morning. we see wisdom making a cry for men, especially, to surrender to its call.
We see the preexistence.
“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.” Preexistence means before the existence of all else. Wisdom has always been existent. Wisdom is infinite and immutable since it existed with God before His created works. “The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens” (Proverbs 3:19). The preexistence of wisdom speaks of its excellence, superiority, and importance.
We see the preeminence.
Wisdom must be a preeminent possession in our lives. It is the chief possession of royalty and influential leaders. “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.” The preeminence of wisdom distinguishes a great leader from a lackadaisical leader. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7). The preeminence in wisdom makes for a fruitful soulwinner. “He that winneth souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30b). The preeminence in wisdom results in a sinner’s salvation: the wise man built his house upon the rock.
We see the preciousness.
“Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” In Proverbs 3:14, Solomon said that the merchandise of wisdom is better than of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. Money and riches cannot buy wisdom. It is the chiefest of commodities. With wisdom, we have counsel, understanding, and strength. When you have wisdom, you will not trade it for anything. You will guard and preserve it because of its intrinsic value. The promise of wisdom is that those who love it inherit substances and are filled with treasures.
We see the profitability.
“Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.” Those who wait for and listen for wisdom are blessed and find favor with God. They do not stumble in their steps. They are sustained when trials come into their life. They have the joy and happiness of the Lord in their dealings with people and in their decisions for the Lord.
We see the personification.
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:30a). Our Lord Jesus Christ is the personification of wisdom. All the virtue spoken of wisdom is found in Jesus. Colossians 2:3 tells us that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found in Jesus. We are commanded to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom. The sum total of wisdom is our Lord Jesus. Wisdom is crying for men who will possess it. Will you surrender to the call of wisdom?
Have a wisdom-enriched God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Acts 14-15