A question to begin: would the queen of the Sheba who valued Solomon’s wisdom teachings, and journeyed from the ends of the earth to observe their results, be far better off in the day of judgment than those who spurn an even greater Wisdom than Solomon’s – wisdom taught, lived, and embodied by Jesus, and by extension is to be what His people embody?
“The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.” [Luke 11:31].
We’re informed that all the earth sought to know Solomon’s wisdom which God had put into his heart. The queen of Sheba came long distances to discover this for herself. [Please see 1 Kings 10:6-24.]
This wisdom is intensely practical for anyone who wishes to benefit from it, when it comes to life characterized by sanity, security, serenity, and success. Solomon’s great wealth evidenced wisdom’s intrinsic value. Living the wisdom God gave him yielded profound results so that the king could be the man God wanted him to be. [See 1 Kings 3:1-15 to find out how Solomon came to possess such profound wisdom.]
Beginning with Proverbs 1:1-6, we’re introduced to why these sayings are valuable, as well as who will find them to be so.
Verses 7-9 lead us to understand how wisdom begins with reverence for the Lord, with a warning about fools who despise wisdom and instruction. However, wisdom blesses those who seek it.
Verses 10-19 contain warnings concerning enticement away from wisdom by those who wish to embrace less than honorable and worthy paths and goals, and who spurn divine guidance and understanding.
The last verses of Proverbs 1 begin to introduce wisdom as “she” who could be described as omnipresent – as she calls out everywhere to all who have ignored her [20-23]. Yet there is a warning [24-32] pointing to the results for any who continue to refuse the loving hand she extends.
Dear reader, you may peruse all of this on your own, and glean what you will from your meditations on this first chapter. I like to refer to Proverbs as Metaphysics 101 Personified as Lady Wisdom. I may often refer to her as Lady Wisdom throughout this exploration of Proverbs. [It’s better than Baskin Robbins Ice Cream… 31 chapters, 31 flavors.] How sweet she is! She enters in the 1st chapter and exits as the “Virtuous Woman” of chapter 31! Wisdom is the first and last word!
However, my focus for this writing is 1:33, which may be looked upon as a promise from God: “But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”
In other words, anyone who observes and puts into practice these sayings offered by Lady Wisdom will be able to live securely and confidently, “and shall be quiet without fear or dread of evil”, as it’s so profoundly stated in the Amplified Bible.
There’s a lot to be said for security, confidence, inner peace, and freedom from fear – the only space in which creativity and abundant life can truly flourish.
Imagine actually living this way – in this life, right here and right now!
Do you see yourself as “simple”, immature, and without understanding, but you would like know greater knowledge on handling life? Are you someone who has some spiritual understanding but yearns for more? Is the desire of your heart to love the Lord more and to know His will? Do you want your spiritual life to have a more meaningful, practical, and deeper direction? Do you sense that you’ve made some mistakes along the way, and wish to make course corrections? Do you seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people? Are you “stuck” in life and want to get moving again? All of these and more may be reasons why daily contemplation on the Proverbs is a fantastic place to begin to find answers – if you sincerely desire them.
The challenge is to read a chapter a day. Not just read it, but really sincerely take it to heart. You may want to keep a “Proverbs Journal”, recording your insights and noticing your progress. Above all, do so without judgement or self condemnation. This can be a very eye-opening experience which can lead to results beyond anything you might imagine.
Above all – “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. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” [See James 1:5-8. For best clarity: Amplified Version.]
God is Love, and has created us in love in order for us to experience His loving abundance – not just in heaven by and by, but in this life.
So it might be a good idea if we ask Him for His wisdom – something He wishes to provide. If we won’t ask, we won’t have. Jesus advises us to ask and keep on asking, seeking, knocking, and that to everyone who persists the door shall be opened! [Matthew 7:7,8. Luke 11:9,10.]
The formula: “Three P’s In A Pod: Proverbs, Prayer, Persistence in Solomon’s Savvy Sayings = sanity, security, serenity, and success!”