S – Scripture
My son, keep my words and treasure my commandments within you. Kelly my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your intimate friend; that they may keep you from the adulteress, from the foreigner who flatters with words. Proverbs 7:1-5 (NASB)
O – Observation
Wisdom. What is wisdom anyway?
Starting with the root word, wise, according to the Webster’s dictionary the word wise is defined as:
- characterized by wisdom : marked by deep understanding, keen discernment, and a capacity for sound judgment
- exercising or showing sound judgment : prudent wise investor
- evidencing or hinting at the possession of inside information : knowing
- possessing inside information
The Cambridge dictionary defines wisdom as: having or showing good judgment, or the ability to make good judgments, based on what you have learned from your experience I realized in those definitions that I definitely am not seeking “that” wisdom. There are many times where my past experiences do not align or match what God says, so how can there be wisdom in making decisions off of experience. Don’t get me wrong. There is a place for it and I do exercise that wisdom at times, however, that’s not the wisdom I’m seeking at the moment. The one I’m seeking is divine wisdom. Godly wisdom. Do you know what I mean? So, I decided to obtain a biblical definition of wisdom, and to my surprise I found a verse that provides one. How cool is that? (I can be a bit of a nerd) The Bible defines wisdom as: Wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. (James 3:17) And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (this verse just spoke a lot to me so I thought I’d throw it in here for good measure) Just looked it up in TPT and I love how it reads: But the wisdom from above is always pure, filled with peace, considerate and teachable. It is filled with love and never displaces prejudice or hypocrisy in any form and it always bears the beautiful harvest of righteousness! Good seeds of wisdom’s fruit will be planted with peaceful acts by those who cherish making peace. Now check this one out. In 1 Corinthians 1:24 (go ahead and read the full context because it’s great stuff) we learn another definition of wisdom. More like a synonym.
God’s Wisdom = Jesus
I could just stay on this aspect for quite a while, but back to today’s scripture in Proverbs. We are encouraged to call wisdom sister and understanding a friend/relative/kin (Depending on the translation you read). I didn’t know what this really meant. In the TPT tends to place the intentions behind the words in our language today, so that’s why it caught my eye. It reads: Say to wisdom, “I love you,” and the understanding, “You’re my sweetheart.” Sounds very pretty but that didn’t really tell me much, so of course I went digging. I read something that helped me understand what these verses are trying to say. The following is an excerpt from an article in letgodbetrue.com. What does it mean to call wisdom your sister? It means to embrace her and make her near and dear to you. A close sister would never let you get near a whorish woman. She would despise the woman, and she would expose her wicked wiles and foretell the horrible consequences. You would trust a close sister, for you would know she had your best interest at heart… What does it mean to call understanding your kinswoman? It means to consider her a close confidant, dear companion, and faithful friend. It means to trust her motives and follow her advice, for she seeks your prosperity…she will protect you from sinful seduction. Now that brings a little more clarity to those verses. The other day I wrote about how there is this mass fear out there in churches today of being led astray. From these verses, I’d say that wisdom and understanding are a sure fire way to ensure that you are on the right path because they will keep you away from those adulterers/adulteress’ who use flattering words that lead down a path of destruction.
Hello Sister Wisdom, I love you!
A – Application
I will keep Godly wisdom and understanding very close to me. I will seek it in every situation. In the decisions needed in life I will take the time to ensure that they are inline with how the bible defines wisdom. Is the decision:
- filled with peace
- filled with love
- free of prejudice and hypocrisy
That’s quite the list but it’s a great way to ensure that I’m demonstrating wisdom…demonstrating Jesus.
Jesus, you are God’s perfect and true wisdom. Your life is an example for me to follow. My heart is filled with such thankfulness for your life. Not only the life that you lived on this earth over 2,000 years ago, but the life you have been living and the life you have now, and will have forever more. I’m so extremely grateful for your body that was bruised and your blood that was shed. It’s through your body that we have been reconciled to our Father, giving us full access to Him at all times and it’s through your blood that we are able to be a part of the New Covenant. Having the amazing honor and privilege to partake of that New Covenant is possible because of your blood. It’s your blood that allows me to be in You and You in me. It’s what united us to each other and allowed me to be one with You. So, in conjunction with our union, what I declare is that I have access to Your wisdom; to Your mind. That I may be attentive to those thoughts, feelings, situation, and moments that come from you when you are leading me down a wise path…one that brings forth all those things described in James 3:17.
Your wisdom is superior to any wisdom of man. It’s your wisdom I want because I know that by listening to wisdom my life will be filled with love, joy, peace, and abundance which are all things you promised we would have in this world. Those 4 things…I desire to live in. Live in love. Live in joy. Live in peace. Live in abundance. But more so, I want to always impart those 4 things into the lives of everyone I meet. Impart Your love. Impart Your joy. Impart Your peace. Impart Your abundance. It may not always align with the ways a man things it should appear, but You know better…and I lean on Your better.