Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord . But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8:34-36 NLT)
The subject of this scripture is wisdom, something which is deeply lacking today. This passage another one of this things that makes proverbs such a magnificent guide to life.
The question we are left with is, are we looking for wisdom? I can answer that for you by asking, do you have joy? Wisdom brings joy, simple as that. There are plenty of highly intelligent, yet ultimately unhappy people. That’s because wisdom is more than just being smart, it’s more about application and understanding.
The frustrating thing about affairs in America, and the rest of the world, is the average person says that they want answers. They say that they want to know what do in life. Maybe even you say that. It is all portrayed, however, like a great mystery. Not so, as earlier in this chapter, wisdom is crying out in the streets for people to hear it.
No the secret to finding wisdom is simply that many do not truly desire the truth. It has to be all or nothing. Instead of enjoying the Lord’s favor, many people (in fact most people) are on the other end of that verse. See many people actually hate wisdom, because they don’t like what wisdom says. That’s the thing about it, wisdom is a double-edged sword.
Check yourself today and make sure you are seeking wisdom from God. Spend time daily both gaining, and applying wisdom in your life.