“Prov. 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young — let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance — for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
There is no doubt that I am after wisdom and instruction. The key to leadership is to have a servant’s heart, and a servant heart means to be a learner. This is what shakes me when I read Proverbs of Salomon, a man considered to have the highest wisdom and understanding. The key to understand Solomon is to realise that his knowledge was given to him by God. So it is supernatural wisdom; everything God does is supernatural.
This supernatural wisdom is for life and here is the list: TO ATTAIN
Wisdom and Instruction
Understanding words of insight
For acquiring discipline and prudent life
Doing what is right and just and fair
For giving prudence to the simple
knowledge and discretion to the young
What a list to be gained if we position ourselves in humility before the Lord. Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. This being poor in spirit is a posture of humility, assuming the position of desperation before God. Before the Lord, we are all poor!
I think, and I believe if only in my life I can get some or half of what wisdom promises, I would be a wiser man!! The reality is that this list is for all of us to gain. We have earned it by grace and trusting Jesus. Jesus is perfect wisdom!
Now, here there is also a challenge and a call to be wise it comes in the form of an invitation to Listen and to Add. These two are fundamental principles, that is If I listen, I add to my life. If I don’t listen, I don’t add to my life. This is the principle of the wise and the learner! What do we add?
Understanding the meaning of stories
Understanding the secrets of riddles
The call for me is straightforward! “If I despise wisdom and instruction, I am a fool, and I do not fear the Lord. Not fearing him means that I assume equality with God, I make myself bigger, that is foolish of the ego, ” I know best”. Does that sound familiar?
The opposite is an invitation to gain wisdom and to gain understanding is to get Jesus.
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