Proverbs — News From the Source – Part 21-B
“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.” Proverbs 4:7-9
There are many people who possess great knowledge but lack wisdom. Knowledge is essential. In fact, God said of Israel in their rebellion and the corruption of their leaders, that they are destroyed for lack of knowledge. [Hosea 4:6] But knowledge alone will only get you so far. The principle thing is to gain wisdom with the knowledge. Wisdom guides us in the most appropriate and effective way to use knowledge to gain the greatest success.
Wisdom usually comes with age, with the seasoning of life experiences that gives us a perspective on life that cannot be taught since each person must gain it for themselves by virtue of their unique walk in life. Some come to wisdom at an early age; because of the way life unfolds for them or because of a gift from God that gives them unusually mature insight.
But wisdom is not exclusive to the old or the gifted young. It is available to everyone at any age if they are willing to pursue and seek diligently for her. She is inseparably partnered with understanding. First comes wisdom, then, with her comes understanding. It is the “Aha!” of wisdom. Understanding is a reward for gaining wisdom.
Wisdom is our first and foremost pursuit because without her we cannot gain understanding and without understanding we are like rudderless ships tossed about by the wind and waves without direction or purpose.
Promotion and honor come from the exaltation and embrace of wisdom in our lives. When wisdom is our daily pursuit above and before all other things then, she (wisdom) adorns us with glory and a crown of grace.
Wise people are sought after, respected, honored and willingly submitted to because they are known to possess discretion, integrity, vision, ambition without false pride, arrogance or boasting and because they are self-controlled, zealous and passionate with compassion and decency. Wise people are steady, trustworthy, and dependable. They do not lie, cheat, steal, willfully deceive or deal in trickery and evasiveness. Wise people receive their wisdom from above and it is characterized by purity, peacefulness, gentleness, mercy and good fruits. Godly wisdom from above is easy to pray for, without covetousness, hypocrisy or partiality.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5
Get wisdom, get understanding, and with them you will gain promotion and honor. Grace and glory will be the adornment and crown of your head. Wisdom gives the one who possesses it a sense of dignity and inspires a posture of ease and propriety in any situation of interaction or association with others whether of high or low station. The wise person maintains a sense of inner peace while projecting an outward cheerfulness, pleasantness or sympathetic attitude when engaging with others, whether few or many, without boorishness, clumsiness, awkwardness or timidity.