A friend, a company. “My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice, granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.” (Proverbs 8: 19-21 ESV)
The book of Proverbs is a profound book of instruction for all endeavoring to live a godly life. One thing that is repetitive throughout this book is “wisdom calls for her children.” It even goes on to say having wisdom is life. This led me to the question, what is wisdom?
According to Strong Concordance wisdom is derived from the Hebrew word “Chokmah” which means “having good sense.” The Oxford dictionary describe it as “having good judgment.” Proverbs states that this is what God possessed when He was creating the earth. “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His work, the first of his acts of old.” (Proverbs 8: 22)
Wisdom then, is a companion that we must have with us at all times. We should keep her close because she guards our steps and clears our way. Without her we fall into traps and snares that could otherwise be avoided. She knows what is going on at all times because she understands the ways of man, and can turn our feet away from trouble.
She is a valuable companion, that none of us should be without, or even take for granted. If God kept her close to Him when He created the earth, so should we. It will take wisdom to run to business you want effectively. It will take wisdom to raise your children and love your spouse the way you’re supposed to. It will take wisdom to live a life that is safe. There is something beautiful about Wisdom, she is not partial, and she is no respecter of person. If we seek her, we shall find her. If we call for her, she will come.
Proverbs 8:1 says, “wisdom and understanding calls for us.” All we have to do is listen for her call, and respond.
I’ll leave you with this
“And now, o sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instructions and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8: 32-36 ESV)