Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold.
— Proverbs 3:13-14
What is the consequence of foolishness, of lack of wisdom, of spiritual ignorance? One thing Proverbs makes very clear is that the result of that ignorance is pain. It is not simply that your IQ is a little less or that you do not graduate summa cum laude. It is pain—real, wrenching, oftentimes long continued pain. It is often death with an arrow through the liver, as the foolish bird walks right into the trap. All this, my friends, because one does not seek the wisdom of God.
In Jesus Christ we find that Wisdom has become incarnate. We read that Jesus Christ has been made by God unto us as wisdom, and He has become our wisdom. Fear of the Lord can grow into a complete love and adoration of God, who now has come to live in our midst. If we live by God’s wisdom, we will tend to find a good and protected life—not trouble-free, but indeed good.