Today is the day we confirm plans to put my father to rest. I was looking in my parents’ Bibles this weekend, and they both had these passages underlined. I want to share this with you, and let my parents continue to share their love and wisdom with you. This section begins by saying that a man who FINDS wisdom will be blessed, and it ends with the statement that those that RETAIN her will be happy.
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.” (Prov. 3:13-18)
It is not just “finding” wisdom that makes us happy, but we must continue to keep the things we have learned in our minds and memories, and USE it. Gaining understanding through that wisdom is another part of what brings happiness into our lives.
Verses 14 and 15 use the symbolism of things like silver, gold, and rubies to show just how valuable wisdom is to people… and in this case, we are speaking of Godly wisdom, and spiritual, as well as, emotional, mental and physical value. These riches are much desired by people, but the end of verse 15 says that wisdom is so far above these riches in value that they can’t even be compared.
Verse 16 speaks of two sides of retaining wisdom. The first side (right hand) tends to give a person long life. The second side, (left hand) tends to bring riches and honor into our lives. If we use “Godly financial wisdom” in our dealings, we will see riches (spiritual and often physical) in our lives, and since wisdom nurtures the growth of the fruits of the Holy Spirit in our lives, people will be drawn to that love, and we will have places of “honor” in their lives.
This encompasses the life both of my parents lived and what they taught their children and the many children they ministered to in the youth group. They both have places of honor in many people’s lives. We are so blessed.
And if you don’t have wisdom, what then? “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)
Source: Proverbs:A Bible Study