Most of us are familiar with that one liner from Oliver Twist. Sitting at the table Oliver has already recieved his meal but longs for more. So he stands up, walks over, and asks “Please sir, I want some more.” We should have the same hunger for wisdom from God that Oliver had for food from the server. We should stand up, seek God, and ask “Please sir, I want some more.” Proverbs 1:20-21 says “Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words:” Wisdom does call out to us be we must be listening, and accept it willingly. Wisdom is very valuable. That value is mentioned in chapter 2 verses 1-6 “My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasure; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;” It’s important to note that wisdom in Proverbs is not intellectual knowledge but “skill” in handling the issues of everyday life. This skill is based above all on a healthy fear of God. This fear or respect for God:
- – “is the beginning of knowledge” or “wisdom” (1:7; see also 9:10; and Job 28:28)
- – imparts confidence and life (14:26-27; 19:23)
- – produces contentment (15:16)
- – saves from evil (16:6)
- – brings riches and honor (22:4) *1
Proverbs 1:8 says “My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother;” Now, I’m not a parent, but I get the feeling that this trying to convey that fathers should be seeking wisdom, knowledge, and understanding for God in order to pass them down to their children and chapters 1-9 of Proverbs offer many great instructions for young people. Giving great advice to offer children such as:
1:10-19 A father is telling his son not to participate in the activities of sinners. 15 “My son, do not walk in the way with them, keep your foot from their path”
2: 1-9 He tells his son to listen to him and that if he would only listen out for wisdom, and truly seek it, he will find it.
There are many other verses throughout chapters 1-9 that are great for fathers and their sons! We can also apply the same to our own lives. I encourage everyone, no matter where you go today, tomorrow, this week, or the next to listen out for wisdom and keep a sharp eye for the enemy of wisdom, that is, folly (9:13-18). I leave you with this verse, make it your verse to remember. 1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” Listen for wisdom, pray for understanding, and apply truth to your daily lives.