A long satisfying life, favor with God and people, a reputation for good judgment, success, health, vitality, riches, honor, pleasure, peace, protection, justice, righteousness, life itself, God’s approval, constant learning, and understanding.
If I was to ask you if you wanted these benefits in your life you would answer with a resounding YES! However, they are all benefits you and I can possess – they are all promises given to you and I throughout the Word of God.
The book of Proverbs teaches us how to attain wisdom and discipline as well as how to do what is right. The very first chapter of this book on wise living starts out with its purpose to teach wisdom, discipline, to give understanding and insight, to help us to live successful lives, and to do what is right, just, and fair. In verse 5 it says ” The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly.”
We all want the benefits of God and believe me they are plenty. However, are we willing to seek after Him; to seek after the wisdom He instructs us to place our hearts and minds on. Wisdom is the principle thing according to Proverbs 4:7, one translations says ” it is the wisest thing you can do!” Proverbs also tells us wisdom is to help us to make wise choices and keep us safe. When evil people come against you, Proverbs assures us wisdom will save us!
I for one want to be wise; I want wisdom beyond my years and my training or education. But I must do more than just want it. I can want to make a million dollars but if I never put the steps into place to work towards making a million dollars it will not happen!
So how do we get wisdom James 1:5, says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James makes it very clear to us that if we want wisdom we are allowed to ask God for it and He will give it to us liberally and without reproach or fault! God does not stand there and say “well let me see whether you have earned the right to have wisdom.” NO! He gives it freely and ungrudging!
So we know we are to ask God for wisdom and in our asking we are allowed to seek wisdom in ALL areas of our lives; how to be a better spouse, mother, father, employee, employer, whatever you do in life, whoever you are to someone else, you need wisdom to be that person! And you must ask God for the wisdom.
And again the writer of the Proverbs states clearly that if we desire wisdom then we should study the book of Proverbs. Webster’s Dictionary says study is application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading, investigation, or reflection. We must first read the Word, then we are to investigate or seek out what else the Bible says about the topic we are studying, and we are to reflect on what we are reading by seeing how it applies to our lives right now.
Solomon wanted to impart to others; regardless of their age, sex, or position in society the wisdom on how to live accordingly. These wise sayings in the Book of Proverbs give you and I practical wisdom for daily living. We are to study them and apply them to our lives, THEN we can expect the benefits they promise.