Road Rules | Proverbs 4:5-7 | Devotional
Proverbs 4:5-7 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
We established in yesterday’s passage that the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge. Fear is not a cowering terror; it is a reverent awe. From this worshipful response, we strive to acquire wisdom.
In the Proverbs, wisdom in personified. “She” is to be sought after with a full-out passion. She brings protection for evil entering your soul. She builds a fortification around your heart. Wisdom is “supreme.” That is, it is the principal or chief thing to go after.
In The New Geneva Study Bible, R. C. Sproul explains that wisdom is a word with many nuances. He says, “It is related to the intellect and the control of human behavior. It is a way of thinking about reality that enables one to pursue what is good in life. Through wisdom, God reveals what the values of life are and how they may be achieved.” Think about the power of wisdom. It encompasses mental power, behavioral control, reality thinking, pursuit of the best, God’s values and His way to achieve them. That’s why the proverb says to take hold of wisdom! Get your hands on it and grasp it even if it costs you all you have.
Father, through Your word and work in our lives, give us hearts willing and ready to absorb wisdom. May us people begin with reverent awe and move forward with godly prudence. For Christ’s Sake. Amen.