The Benefits of Wisdom
Verse 1 – My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands;
Verse 2 – For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.
Deuteronomy 8:1 – “Every command which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers.”
To have well-being is to be healthy, free from threat or need, fulfilled, content, prosperous, and at peace in a way that only God can give.
Verse 3 – Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,
Verse 4 – And so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.
Thoughts and words are not enough – our lives should reveal whether we are truly loving and faithful. Do your actions measure up to what you say?
Verse 5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
Verse 6 – In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Our Lord wants us to lean on Him for “everything.” We make decisions in life either as a reaction or based on what we see. But here’s the problem when we don’t ask God to intervene: There’s only so much we know about any given situation. God on the other hand, knows the “end from the beginning.” He knows if you do this, that will happen, and so on. So why would we not acknowledge Him in all our ways? You will always get the best result when your counsel is God All Mighty!
Verse 7 – Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.
Verse 8 – It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.
Turning away from evil and following Jesus, requires humility – repentance. Admitting we can’t do it on our own will be the best thing you can ever do in our life time.
Verse 9 – Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first-fruits of all your increase;
Verse 10 – So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
I’m going to say something here, that may cause an uproar. This is only my understanding, so you can take it or leave it alone. All of what we have belongs to the Lord, so this concept involves sharing that which God has given. The next part of the verse says to give God the first-fruits of your “increase.” Many change the word “increase” to income.”
Are we as believers to tithe, yes. Are we to give offerings, yes. However, at one time I gave 10% right off the top of everything I made and before lone, I was behind in not one, but all my bills.
Some think this means to give “before taxes.” Some think it’s “after taxes.” How can you give what you didn’t receive? But the Bible says, “Increase.” We don’t give away the money for the light bill and then sit in the dark for 2 weeks waiting on someone to pay our bill. Use common since when giving.
Verse 11 – My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction;
Verse 12 – For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.
These verses are talking about “teaching and training.” Discipline sounds harsh to some because it’s not done in a loving manner. God, however, is the source of all love. God does this because He is deeply concerned with our development to represent Him while on earth. His chastisement teaches us right and wrong. God does not use sickness to teach us a lesson, nor does He harm us in any way, but when things like this happen, He does teach while we go through the storms of this life.
Verse 13 – Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding;
Verse 14 – For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold.
Verse 15 – She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
Verse 16 – Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor.
These are principles outlined by Solomon for the believers guide. However, you may feel like you are doing everything you know to live right and things still don’t line up the way God says they should.
Try to remember this: Lets not grow weary in dong good (Galatians 6:9). This verse continues to say, in due season we shall reap, if we don’t lose heart. The other thing to remember is; “God’s Word does not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11)” Speak forth, by faith, what God’s Word says about the situation, and watch what happens.
Verse 17 – Her ways are ways of pleasantness; and all her paths are peace.
Verse 8 – She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.
Verse 19 – The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens;
Verse 20 – By His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew.
Verse 21 – My son, let them not depart from your eyes – keep sound wisdom and discretion;
Discernment is a gift from God that tells us whether it’s a lie, deceit, or manipulation from a person, in order for us to make a correct choice. Sound judgment, He gives to those who follow His ways and includes discernment, but goes beyond. It’s also knowledge that comes from instruction, training, and discipline and the insight from knowing and following God’s truth.
Verse 22 – So they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck.
Verse 23 – Then you will walk safely in your ways, and your foot will not stumble.
Verse 24 – When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
Verse 25 – Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
Verse 26 – For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.
Even though we read these verses and believe God is our protection, why do bad things still happen to God’s people? This may seem like too simple of an answer but this is all I got. We live in a world with evil all around. People make choices whether to do good and follow a loving God or do evil and harm others. Accidents happen to good people. But believers have the hope that one day soon, our King is coming to rule and reign on our behalf and make everything right!
Romans 8:28 – and we know that all things work together for good to those that love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Verse 27 – Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.
Verse 28 – Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it, ” when you have it with you.
When we have the means to help another and withhold it, it will destroy trust. That opportunity may not come around again.
Verse 29 – Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
Verse 30 – Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.
Verse 31 – Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways;
Verse 32 – For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord, but his secret counsel is with the upright.
Verse 33 – The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the habitation of the just.
Verse 34 – Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.
Verse 35 – The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of the fools.
God’s curse is the removal of His sustaining presence. However, believers are redeemed from the curse (Ezekiel 18:17, 20). God’s inheritance is a permanent possession.