It’s interesting how we can read the chapters of Proverbs and think, “Well, duh. I already knew that!” yet we fail to apply these things to our lives. I just finished reading through today’s proverb and I thought to myself, “Am I really seeking wisdom?” The answer, I think, is no.
How do we consciously seek wisdom? First of all things, we must ask God for wisdom. James 1:5 says, “If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all freely…” If we aren’t asking, we aren’t truly seeking. I need to be asking God for wisdom daily. I am not. I often forget to put it at the top of my list. So, that being said, today’s blog entry/proverb spoke to me while I was writing it.
The second thing we need to do when seeking wisdom is to read the words of Solomon, and Jesus, and put them into action in our lives. When we read things such as, “8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.” We need to actually take note mentally. What does that mean? That means don’t waste your time on someone who isn’t ready to receive correction. You’ll do more harm than good. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rebuked someone who wasn’t ready to be rebuked and I lost my entrance into their lives. Some people are in need of simple love. They aren’t ready to be told what they are doing wrong. They need to be given a few practical applications of what they can be doing right. Tell them, read your Bible. Pray. Maybe we don’t need to tell them, “You are a sinner and you are going to hell because your drink and swear too much.” If we can get them to read their Bible and connect with God through prayer, He will tell them what they are doing wrong. Then once He has planted the seed of conviction, we can step in and nurture that seed.
On the other hand, someone who is wise is constantly on the lookout for someone who will teach them. I don’t say this to call myself wise, or put myself on any kind of a high post, but, I love to be corrected. It may hurt at the moment, but each time we are corrected we gain a bit of wisdom. My Pastor is one of the greatest men I know. When he tells me I did something wrong, or I made a mistake, it hurts. I want to please him, to make him glad to have me serve under him. When I do something that needs correction, it’s the opposite of what I set out to do… however, it teaches. A wise man only makes a mistake once. Instead of getting defensive and trying to explain why you did something, just simple answer “yes, sir.” Then learn from your mistake.
Let’s dive into this morning’s Proverb, Chapter 9. God is so good isn’t He?
Invitations of Wisdom and of Folly
1 Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn out its seven pillars.
2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her maids, and she calls
from the highest point of the city.
4 “Let all who are simple come in here!”
she says to those who lack judgment.
5 “Come, eat my food
and drink the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways and you will live;
walk in the way of understanding.
7 “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult;
whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.
8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through me your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”
13 The woman Folly is loud;
she is undisciplined and without knowledge.
14 She sits at the door of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out to those who pass by,
who go straight on their way.
16 “Let all who are simple come in here!”
she says to those who lack judgment.
17 “Stolen water is sweet;
food eaten in secret is delicious!”
18 But little do they know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of the grave.