This is an exercise we’ve done with several chapters in the book of Proverbs for our own edification. This seven-fold list might encourage you.
- Wisdom (and the truth behind it) is discoverable, 1-11. We can know the truth, Jn 8.31-32. Pilate’s question, “What is truth?” has an answer.
- To “call out for” discernment and “raise your voice” for understanding, 3, indicate the intensity of desire for wisdom, reinforced by verse 4. The search must be real and all-consuming, or “extreme” (now a positive quality).
- Wisdom must enter the heart, 10. Truth comes from outside man, Ps 51.6. The popular idea of looking within oneself for truth and guidance is terribly misguided.
- Wisdom is a savior from evil men and immoral women, 12-19. It works powerfully in a fallen world.
- The marriage covenant is “made before God” 17. It is more than a contract between two people. God unites them, so it ought not to be broken.
- The upright who reside in the land, 21, are those who prosper and have peace by seeking God’s wisdom. See Mt 5.5.
- Wisdom and wickedness are two ways of life—and the only two that exist—that lead to two different destinies, 21-22. Which will you choose? 20.