Scripture tells us, “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver; and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her.” (Prov 3:13-15) Gaining wisdom and understanding means that our understanding of a situation is expanded, and we see the full ramifications of a circumstance. We will see situations from God’s viewpoint.
How do we gain wisdom and understanding? “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Prov 9:10) Fear of the Lord puts Him first, by submitting to His Word. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.” (Prov 3:5-8)
What are some of the benefits of gaining wisdom and understanding? “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, and happy are all who hold her fast.” (Prov 3:16-18)
Paul called it a peace “which surpasses all comprehension” (Phil 4:7). Isaiah said of the Lord, “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You” (v 26:3). When we hold on to wisdom for dear life, we will find great peace, but when we let go of wisdom and pursue folly, the end result will be chaos and sorrow. Of what will you take hold today?
Dear Lord, thank you for the reminder that Your way is not only best, but the gain of wisdom and understanding of Your truth is more precious than anything else our eyes see. Thank You for Your gift of Your perfect peace if we stay connected to You and ask for Your viewpoint on any situation, which gives us the peace that surpasses all understanding as we trust in You, not leaning on our own understanding. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.