“For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones” (Proverbs 2:6–8).
In these verses, Lady Wisdom highlights God as the go-to source for all things wise. In a world that takes evil advantage of the naive and simple-minded and gives voice to scoffers and fools (1:22), true wisdom can seem elusive. That makes it vitally important to seek out the One Who is the ultimate storehouse of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
But such abundant riches yield the best benefit to those who align themselves with God’s desires and purposes. According to the text, upon whom does God pour out the blessings of his provision? It is the upright, the one who walks in integrity, the godly one. While it is true that God “...causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45), it is the one who seeks to please God that gets the greatest benefit. The rest of Proverbs chapter 2 rehearses some of benefits of godly wisdom for the believer. Things like discernment (v. 9), discretion (v. 11), understanding (v. 11), and deliverance (v. 12-19).
I need to be reminded that it is the Lord Who gives true wisdom because there are so many competing voices around me. There is a daily temptation to seek wisdom from other places. I must learn to measure all other claims against the yardstick of God’s wisdom. I also need to be reminded God’s wisdom has its greatest impact in the life of one who is committed to Him. Wisdom must move beyond my head and into my heart, hands, and feet. Unless I am seeking to be a person of uprightness, integrity, and godliness, God’s wisdom will not have its greatest impact.
God help me to gain wisdom and to live wisely.
God loves you!