Get wisdom, get understanding; forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not and she will preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver thee. Proverbs 4:5-9
Maybe you remember the following Got Milk commercial.
It brings a chuckle but illustrates a point. If only he had milk, his problem would be solved and he would have been $10,000 richer. Milk was his answer.
Scripture tells us that wisdom is the principal thing. The NIV translates it as the supreme thing. The original Hebrew definition for this word principal, is first, beginning, best, chief or choice part. Wisdom is the choice part, and scripture tells us to pursue it.
What is wisdom? Dictionary.com defines it as the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgement as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight. The Strong’s Concordance breaks it down into four categories: 1. skill (in war), 2. wisdom (in administration), 3. shrewdness, 4. prudence (in religious affairs), and 5. wisdom (ethical and religious). There is some depth there.
I’ve never thought of wisdom as skill in war. How does this apply to us? We are warriors in God’s kingdom, and we are in a battle against Satan and the powers of darkness. The best weapons against Satan are prayer and scripture. If we are to be effective warriors for Christ, we must engage in prayer and study of God’s word. It’s more than just saying grace before meals and simply reading a chapter of the Bible each day. Those things are good, but not enough. It’s going deeper, digging in and studying scripture; getting on our knees before a holy God, doing more than just laying a laundry list of requests at his feet. Listening and obedience also develop the depth of wisdom in our hearts.
Did you notice the rewards of wisdom? Promotion, honour, grace, glory, and deliverance. Those are rewards worth pursuing.