The Benefits of Wisdom

“…for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”

— Proverbs 8:11

God’s wisdom is personified in Proverbs 8, calling out to the people to follow her ways. We see in this passage various excellencies of wisdom—how it is able to touch the locks and open the latches of all of the doors of wisdom and knowledge and inventions. All things open in the face of wisdom. By wisdom kings reign and princes rule, and judges judge the earth. Wisdom says, “I love those who love me, and those that seek me early will find me” (Proverbs 8:16).

How true it is with even the knowledge of this world that those who love knowledge find that they are loved by it. And yet often they merely heap up to themselves empty facts, which have little eternal significance. But if we truly love wisdom, we will find that we will be loved by it and blessed by it. Not only riches, but “riches and honor are with me” (Proverbs 8:18). Honor comes from the wisdom of God and His word. It is durable riches which shall last.

Verse 21 says “… I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, and I will fill their treasuries.” Now this is an amazing promise—those who seek God’s word will be blessed with substance and their treasuries will be filled. This is the promise of wisdom. Above all, seek not the gifts of life but the Giver of life.

Almighty God, wisdom and strength are with You. Make me wise, God, so that I can discern right from wrong. Give me strength for today that I can see the right path and take it and impart wisdom to others…