Mark 16:15

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Blessings of Wisdom (2)

Last week we began looking at the third chapter of Proverbs using George W. Dehoff’s outline of the chapter. Today we are looking at his second division: the happiness and blessing of those who trust in God (Prov. 3:11-20).
In this paragraph Solomon listed a number of the marvelous blessings of trusting in the Lord. These blessings are far greater and superior to any physical or material prosperity we may accumulate. They include happiness, peace, pleasantness, honor, and length of life. These blessings are far superior to silver and gold or any worldly possessions.
“Despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction” (v. 11). The chastisement and suffering by children of God has long been questioned. When Job was going through his tremendous load of sufferings, his friends Eliphaz and Elihu proposed a solution as to the benefits of suffering and misfortune borne by the righteous: “Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty” (Job 5:17). This is quoted by the Hebrews writer in Hebrews 12:5-6. Job’s friends made the wrong application in the case of Job, but the statement is true nevertheless as to the reason why we often pass through such afflictions. “God’s people, like Jonah, may fall into sin and fall asleep in the storm; but for those whom God loves, he will send some terrible tempest to awaken them. The true Christian is thankful for the very afflictions that some despise, because he is able to use them as the occasion for his complete return to duty” (George Lawson’s Commentary on Romans, 1980, p. 42).
“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding” (Prov. 3:13). Why is this true? Notice the things listed by Solomon. The things gained from wisdom and understanding are far greater than the merchandise and gain of silver and gold; Wisdom is more precious than rubies, “and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her” (vv. 14-15). Notice that here, as often in Proverbs, wisdom is personified.
Another blessing that is acquired from wisdom is length of days which Solomon says is “in her right hand.” He adds to this, “in her left hand riches and honour” (v. 16). He then adds another blessing, “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace” (v. 17). All of us desire peace and peace promotes pleasantness. Solomon adds that, “She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her” (v. 18). This seems to summarize all the blessings he has mentioned.
In his concluding words, he demonstrates the truth of what he has said as it relates to God: “The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens; By His knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down the dew” (v. 20-22).
With all of the blessings available, are you and I seeking this wisdom and understanding that Solomon writes about?

Paul M. Wilmoth