(34) Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
(35) For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
(36) But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
"Watching daily at my gates - Wisdom is represented as having a school for the instruction of men; and seems to point out some of the most forward of her scholars coming, through their intense desire to learn, even before the gates were opened, and waiting there for admission, that they might hear every word that was uttered, and not lose one accent of the heavenly teaching. Blessed are such."
(17) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
There is one true wisdom, and that is the wisdom that comes from our Creator, Who created the universe and us also. He Himself is Wisdom, and no one can learn true wisdom without learning Him. The one who sins against this Wisdom not only wrongs Him, but wrongs his own soul. Our soul was created by Him and for Him, and all things that give it life are in connection with Him. To spurn Him is to hate our own soul and love death. Separation from Him is death.
There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Many have knowledge, or understanding of the way things work, and have gained much learning in different areas of life, but wisdom comes from God alone. Wisdom comes from understanding His ways with that knowledge, and how to apply that knowledge to life now and hereafter. Many who are very intellectual take pride in their intellect... their ability to learn and understand. Yet without knowing God and without accepting His wisdom they make themselves out to be fools.
(21) Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
(22) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
See also 1 Corinthians 2:5-14
The things of God are a mystery to the natural mind. They cannot be known except through God's Spirit. When His Spirit comes to indwell us through repentance from our own wisdom, and turning to Him by faith in the blood of Christ shed for our sins, only then are we able to have His mind revealed to us. Only when we choose to walk in that wisdom, will we by faith be enabled to receive it. We must acknowledge even our intellect is a gift from God and for God as yielded to God.
Proverbs 8 tells us wisdom cries out!
(1) Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
(2) She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
(3) She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
(4) Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
(5) O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
Oh that men would listen! Do you really want wisdom? Wisdom is crying out that you would seek after that with all your heart as though it were the greatest and most coveted treasure you could possibly seek on this earth. It cries out as though it were worth giving up all you have in this life, and all that you could possibly dream for or pursue. It cries out as though this should be your one and only pursuit in life, and that you should find it as if your life depends on it. And it does.
Where is wisdom found? God's Word is our book of wisdom, because it is the voice of Wisdom. Many try to change it, to their own hurt. Many profess to follow it but they only follow it in name, all the while walking in their own "wisdom" which is not wisdom. Many claim the name of Christ, but do not follow Christ, but instead make up their own form of Christianity. If you are not following Christ, call yourself by another name, but not His. He is not a variety of religious beliefs. He is God the Son Who came from above and became the only way of salvation from sin and self. If you do not put your faith in Him as such, please don't call yourself by His name. He is not one of many ways to heaven. He is "the way, the truth, and the life", and "no man comes to the Father but by Him", (John 14:6). No hidden message in that. It's very clear and easy to understand.
Are you looking for counsel? Understanding? Advice?
(14) Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
(15) By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
(16) By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
The most intelligent man who rebels against God's wisdom is the most foolish man of all. The most unlearned in the world's eyes, who has the mind of Christ, is the most wise. Intelligence has nothing to do with it, and even that must be surrendered to God with no trust in our own intelligence whatsoever, but a complete reliance on Him to fill and use that intelligence with His own wisdom and understanding. The intellectual thinks his intellect can save him in this world and get him through every difficulty. He prides himself in it. But it can never save his soul. It can never give him true understanding. In fact the enemy can use it and bring him and others through him to destruction, because he has no understanding about such things. We must be careful, as believers, not to think we can understand God with our intellectual ability. It is only as His Spirit lives in our hearts revealing Himself to us as we seek to know Him that He can be known, and that His Word can be understood.
(10) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
The reverential fear of the Lord, which causes our hearts to turn to Him is the "beginning" of wisdom. We cannot even begin to find it without that.
In the Christian life, much wisdom and understanding is only gained by experience as we put our faith in the Lord and walk the Christian life. We will fall, we will be chastised, and we will suffer many things, as we deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him, but through each of these, wisdom is being formed in us, as we seek His guidance and understanding in how we need to walk through every fiery trial. If we seek man's counsel, and simply seek our own escape through these difficulties, we lose out both on what God would teach us in experiential knowledge and wisdom of Him, and on knowing Him in the intimacy He would desire for us. That relationship cannot be attained through any other means other than to "humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time" (1 Peter 5:6). And as we ask, we receive...
(5) 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.
What does Wisdom tell us in our trials? What counsel does Wisdom give?
(2) My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
(3) Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
(4) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
This is contrary to the counsel of the world that would tell you to seek to fulfill your dreams, follow your heart, and do whatever makes you happy, avoid whatever doesn't at all costs, and when presented with two roads, one the easy way, and one the difficult way, take the one that gives you the best advantage all the time in this life. In fact many Christians choose the road of best earthly advantage all too often even thinking it is God's leading. Sometimes it may be that God opens a door of great advantage to us. He provides our needs. I'm not saying that we should assume suffering is always the way He leads, or hardship or loss. But without walking with Him, in faith and in being filled with His Word daily, we won't know His heart. We won't know the way we are to take, so we'll automatically choose what is the more comfortable for ourselves.
Let's test ourselves. Is the way we are going drawing us closer to Him and causing true Spiritual growth in a deeper knowledge of Him? Or is it just making us happy? There's a difference. Happy and feeling good, and even jumping up and down praising God is not spiritual growth or loving God. Walking contrary to the clear command of His Word is not loving His Word. Spiritual growth is something that happens when something of ourselves is humbled, as we see more of Him, and His likeness is more mirrored in our hearts. Spiritual growth is something that happens when we have a sense of joy in Him alone even in the face of great loss to ourselves. Spiritual growth is what happens as we find joy in every little gift and pleasure God grants us along with a knowing inside that whether we had those things or not, the joy is not in them so much as it is in Him, and those gifts and pleasures are only a means of delighting in Him and His love and realizing that every good and perfect gift comes from Him, (James 1:17). We know that our life and purpose and joy would be sustained in Him alone.
Wisdom is calling us to this. Wisdom is calling us to a life that cannot fail or disappoint. He is calling us to trust in Him completely with all of our lives and cares and walk in the way He leads day to day. He is calling us to lay down our own lives, and seeing that they are nothing in comparison to what He is calling us to. He is calling us to true life both now and forever. He will show us all that entails if we are willing day by day, moment by moment to choose to trust His Wisdom over our own, His way over our own, and His life in place of the life we plan for ourselves. Every time we say no to this Wisdom, we lose something precious that we could have gained in knowing Him. <
(1) Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
(2) That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
There's no virtue in suffering as though we could gain anything by it from God. But as we walk with God, the natural thing that will happen is that we WILL suffer as we say no to the world, the flesh, and the devil. This is just part of walking in a world contrary to the Wisdom of God. So we must have this same mind in us that was in Christ as He, Who is Wisdom Himself, had as He walked here below... to rather suffer than to fail to please God.
This is something that challenges me continually, and it grieves my heart every time I fail in it. To choose to suffer rather than to fail to please Him does not come natural to me, but I find the more I grow in Him, the more that is my choice, as I see His glory and love. I'm drawn to that glory and love and nothing is worth sinning against that glory and love. No law is needed where wisdom and love fill the heart. I guess that is another measure of our spiritual growth. Do we need the law and fear, as a bridle in a horse’s mouth, to turn us where we should go? Or do we see and hate sin as He does, and would we go to the cross for the sake of His love? Wow! This is only possible with His indwelling presence and the power of His Spirit. One day as we stand before Him, that kind of perfect and pure love will fill our hearts and we will be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is! Imagine!
(1) Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
(2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
(3) And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Abba, enable us to hear and to heed Wisdom's call daily, and to be careful not to listen to the voice of another! Wisdom, come live inside of our hearts and rule there! In Jesus name, may it be so. Amen!