Don’t you love when a problem arises, and someone has the wise and perfect answer or solution? The book of Proverbs is full of such wisdom. In it, there is advice for everyone.
Proverbs chapter 4 proclaims, “Wisdom is supreme” and points out some of the advantages to gaining wisdom.
- “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you” (Prov. 4:6a).
- “Love her (wisdom), and she will watch over you” (Prov. 4:6b).
- “Esteem her (wisdom), and she will exalt you” (Prov. 4:8a).
- “Embrace her (wisdom), and she will honor you” (Prov. 4:8b).
- “She (wisdom) will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor” (Prov. 4:9).
- Words of wisdom “are life to those who find them, and health to one’s whole body” (Prov. 4:22 CSB).
The chapter ends with words of wisdom we can apply today.
- “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Prov. 4:23). Let’s be careful what we expose our heart and mind to. If we fill them with good and honorable things, our words and actions should follow.
- “Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips” (Prov. 4:24). If we are not listening to garbage, we will be less likely to speak it. That includes gossip, lies, slander, hateful words, deceitfulness, coarse talk, and foul language.
- “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you” (Prov. 4:25). Let’s not compare ourselves or our possessions to others. Try not to be led astray by temptations or waste time on distractions. Ask God what He wants us to focus on.
Want to grow in wisdom? Try reading a Proverb a day for a month. It’s a great reminder of the wise things to do and foolish things to avoid.
Be wise and be blessed.