Scripture: Proverbs 8 (focus on 6-14, 35)
Observation: The writer, speaking as wisdom, shows the true value of wisdom and what it creates in our lives. Wisdom is always right and true. It leads to good judgement, knowledge, and discernment, and it brings life and favor to all who embrace it.
Application: Ever heard of “trade wars”?
My guess is you probably haven’t – but it was all the rage at my house in the 90s. My sister and I would set a date for “Trade Wars” (normally on a weekend) and a location (normally her bedroom). As the day of Trade Wars approached, we would both collect things we didn’t really want, as well as a few items that we knew would be especially helpful in trade negotiations, and then play our version of “Let’s Make a Deal.”
“I’ll trade you my frog earrings for your heart charm.”
“I’ll trade you my Claire’s pink collector box for your beanbag chair.”
You get the idea.
Now, there were always a few things that we’d refuse to give each other – after years of negotiations, no matter what I offered her, I was never able to snag her lava lamp. She understood value (everyone wanted one of those in the late 90s!), and she refused to trade it for anything.
Wisdom is the same way. It’s so valuable. Read how the writer of Proverbs describes its importance:
“Everything I say is right, for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception. My advice is wholesome… Choose my instruction over silver and my knowledge rather than gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it!” (v. 7-11)
But, so often, here’s what gets in the way of wisdom:
“All who fear the Lord will hate evil; therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption, and perverse speech.” (v. 13)
What gets in the way of us embracing wisdom? What are we willing to trade for it? Will we choose pride over wisdom? Arrogance? Backstabbing? Destructive words? What’s tempting us right now, showing itself as more valuable than wisdom?
Wisdom is worth the search; it’s worth the pursuit, even when it means leaving behind what feels good or comfortable or right in the moment.
Wisdom is the way we find God.
“For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.” (v. 35)
Prayer: God, I pray for wisdom, for seeing it, for treating it as one of the most valuable commodities in my life. Through your help and your grace, I pray that I’ll remove anything that’s inside of me, hindering me from grasping true wisdom. Amen.