Gain better than silver. Profit exceeding gold. More precious than jewels, and nothing one could desire can compare. In one hand there is long life, in the other riches and honor. Ways of pleasantness, paths of peace. A tree of life for all who lay hold, and they are called blessed. Blessed is the one who finds wisdom (Prov. 3:13-18).
Or, through my Christ filter, blessed is the one who finds Wisdom.
Hovering over Proverbs 2 and 3 this morning.
The dad’s encouragement to his son is to pursue wisdom (2:2-4). To make the ear attentive to her, to incline the heart toward her. Calling out for insight, raising the voice for understanding. Seeking wisdom as though it were silver, searching for it as for hidden treasures. Because when you find wisdom, aka Wisdom, . . .
. . . then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
. . . Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart.
(Proverbs 2:5, 9-10a ESV)
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom.
The pursuit of wisdom opens the door of understanding to things beyond mortal understanding. The fear of the Lord. The knowledge of God. But it also provides insight for skillful living. For what it means to walk righteously, discern justly, and for knowing what is fair. Finding wisdom is finding the good path.
And here’s what’s overwhelmed me a bit this morning concerning this divine dynamic. It is possible because the God who by wisdom (aka Wisdom) founded the earth (3:19), is the God who brings seekers of wisdom (aka Wisdom) into His confidence.
Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways, for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in His confidence.
(Proverbs 3:31-32 ESV)
The upright are in His confidence. That’s what’s grabbed me this morning.
The NASB says, “He is intimate with the upright.” The NKJV that “His secret counsel” is with them. And if the upright are those who rebuff the way of the worldly and wicked because they have pursued and encountered Wisdom (and they are), then wisdom-seekers are blessed because they have been brought into the inner circle of the deep things of God.
Those who ask for wisdom are given. Those who seek her, find. Those who knock on her door, to them it is opened and they are brought into His confidence.
How amazing is that? Pretty!
To abide in Christ is to abide in Wisdom. To live our lives in Him is to have His mind in us.
The things we take for granted after walking the pilgrim pathway for so many years are the things of His secret counsel. The truths of intimate communion. The blessings of being seated with Him in heavenly places.
Chewing this morning on the wonder of being in His confidence.
By His grace. For His glory.