For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.
My son can tell you all about Air Soft guns and the various kinds of pellets they take. But this knowledge did not come with the discernment, good judgement, or protection he needed when he decided to stick one in his ear. Yep. Urgent Care sent us to the ER. The ER sent us to an ENT, and many dollars later the pellet came out. Wisdom doesn’t come naturally, and folly often costs money.
Today we consider wisdom, as we continue looking at the “Ornaments of the Soul” . I will be so bold as to say that this is the most precious of all the jewels. Kindness, patience, knowledge, and love are beautiful, but without wisdom these things lose their value and usefulness.
Wisdom is often neglected or confused with knowledge. Many say that wisdom in the ability to rightly apply the truth to life. This is true. Wisdom is practical, useful, and not theoretical. But there is more to it than this.
Wisdom is often personified so maybe a more accurate question would be who is wisdom? Who is it that keeps our paths straight. Who grants discernment, and causes us to live righteously? It is the Lord Jesus Christ! He is the wisdom of God that enlightens every believer (John 1).
Christ, the power of God and the Wisdom of God unto them which are called both Jews and Greeks.
1 Cor. 1:24
So if we want to be wise, we must have Jesus. It doesn’t matter how much knowledge or other good virtues someone possesses, if he doesn’t know Christ he is not wise. Wisdom is the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7), the ability to judge correctly, and live rightly (Is. 48:17) all because we have come to know the Wisdom of God in the gospel.
This is why wisdom is so precious and so costly. Christ, the “wisdom of God” died and rose from death to grant us wisdom grounded in the knowledge of God. It gives us eternal life and divine favor. It envelops us in forgiving grace and acts as a shield that protects us. Wisdom guides and gives discernment, all of which is not only profitable for us here on earth but will have value for all eternity.
Proverbs 16:16 exclaims, "How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!" But it is only valued in this way when we see our own ignorance and the offer of wisdom in Jesus. If we would be wise, we must seek and know the Lord as He is found in the word.
A wise woman is a beautiful woman. She knows who she is, because she knows the Lord. And because she knows and fears the Lord she lives carefully in the world and proves to be fruitful in her living.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you!
"Wisdom is supreme — so get wisdom!"