Dwelling in Proverbs is always a reminder of how I need to be wiser. The instructions in this book are timeless for we see mankind dealing with the issues then as we do today.
What I do with the knowledge gained from this scripture likewise reveals my heart.
Proverbs 15:2 “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.”
When I look at this I am reminded to pray for wisdom otherwise, we can have all the knowledge in the world and not use it rightly. James began his letter with the thought and the reminder of where we start determines where we go….
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8
The word “rightly” in Proverbs is the Hebrew word ‘yatab’, which means to make a thing good, pleasing or well placed.
You have been given knowledge. It may be what you’ve gained through study or just life. We all have a measure of knowledge, what we do with it reveals the wisdom we have. Wisdom, according to the Word uses knowledge in a way that is pleasing to the Lord, when applied according to His moral law, it reflects goodness and lands where it should in your life and those around you.
Goodness is an attribute that is distinctive to God alone. Whenever you see something reflected as ‘good’, in scripture, it is always a reflection of God’s hand. Whether directly from His actions or indirectly through someone who is walking in His Spirit, lead by the Spirit and able to submit.
We so often attribute ‘goodness’, to things or circumstances in life. Wisdom would at times beg to differ. Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. This reflection in Psalm 127:1 gives us insight that there is God’s hand working in and around us and there is the wisdom of man working. Who is doing the leading makes all the difference for eternity.
Be careful how you judge a situation, as either being good or bad. Unless you have insight as to where the action originated, you may be judging incorrectly.
Perusing the 15th chapter of Proverbs reveals so much, it reveals God’s omniscience, His character, what God values, what the world values and how we should respond to the world, what we should value, where we are going in righteousness and where the wicked will ultimately end, what is pleasing to God and what He disdains, how we can grow wiser, and ultimately where to begin this process in the first place….and this is just one chapter of Proverbs.
So where does one start if they desire wisdom?
The fear of the Lord is the start as revealed in verse 33. Proverbs 9:10 declares it the foundation for all wisdom. Psalm 19:9 declares that this command will endure forever and by it we are judged. Why? When we see a principle that endures forever, the principle exceeds our current state of affairs. Whether living in a fallen world or one made new, this principle holds true. What is it that endures forever….our relationship to God.
To fear the Lord is to recognize His position. He is God, we give Him the glory. When you come to the understanding that is isn’t all about you, that you really don’t bring anything to the table when you stand before him, that your knowledge is only foolishness before Him, that you hold no position of prominence and that He alone is Lord and King forever….you can start to attain wisdom.
This position of fearing the Lord is a position of humility and those who take this position are the ones to whom the Lord draws near:
Isaiah 57:15 “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Are you seeking wisdom? It is a worthy endeavor. Pray, ask God for wisdom, do so in the fear of the Lord and DO NOT DOUBT, and He will give it to you…..He promises He will, and God never fails on His promises.