Mark 16:15

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"

Blessings of Wisdom

One of the subjects discussed often by Solomon in his book of Proverbs is wisdom. Chapter 3 has been labeled by some as “The Teachings of Wisdom.” DeHoff recognized three divisions in this chapter: "(1) a call to complete commitment (Prov.3:1-10), (2) the happiness and blessing of those who trust in God (Prov. 3:11-20), and (3) the confidence and security of those who walk with God (Prov. 3:21-35)” (George Dehoff’s Commentary, Vol. 3, p. 255). Let’s look briefly at this remarkable chapter.
A call to complete commitment: it seems that Solomon is the speaker addressing his son. He urges him to “forget not my law, but let thine heart keep my commandments.” He often speaks of sons and daughters giving heed to the instruction of their parents. Notice the blessings: “For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.” Longer life and peaceful days are the result.
Next he stressed the value of mercy and truth: “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart” (v. 3). He follows this instruction with this promise: “So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man” (v. 4). For success in life and for a peaceful life these two promises should be sought diligently. “Favour in the sight of God” is a must for a happy successful life, and all of us desire to be able to live peaceably with our neighbors and friends.
Next he gives instruction that is wisdom at its highest when he writes, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (vs. 5-6). He will warn later, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12). The main problem in the religious world today is that far, far too many are depending on their own desire and ways (Isa. 55:8-9). God’s Word, through which God directs our paths (Psalm 119:105; John 12:48), is often neglected, ignored, and disobeyed. But according to this proverb if we want God to direct our paths, then we must “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.”
Next he admonishes, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (v. 7). Here he lists three things that are major requirements of wisdom. They are: don’t trust in your own wisdom, fear God, and depart from evil. As already pointed out in the previous verses, one who trusts in his own wisdom is certainly not wise; we must “Fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecc. 12:13). That requires one to depart from evil (Eph. 4:22-32). And the promise? “It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones” (v. 8).
Finally he urges, “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase” (v. 9). God has always demanded that He come first in our lives. The “firstfruits” of their crops belonged to Him. Matthew 6:33 shows that this is still His requirement today. Again there is a promise attached: “So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine” (v. 10).
How about you? Are you seeking wisdom in the manner taught here by Solomon? The promises and blessings that go with seeking wisdom are well worth the effort. May God help each of us to seek wisdom daily.

Paul M. Wilmoth