“For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.” Proverbs 2: 7-10
Did you know that God grants wisdom? Wisdom is a gift from God. The father, who is instructing his son, begins to speak of the benefits and blessings that come from having a heart that desires wisdom. He has taught his son to listen to him because he is offering him wisdom and understanding. The dad makes it clear that this wisdom and understanding does not come from him as the source.
Jehovah is the One who gives wisdom. It is when He speaks that knowledge and understanding flow to us. All dads would be wise to remember this and to liberally season their instruction to their sons with God’s Word.
What are the benefits that dad offers to his son? When we turn to God and His Word for wisdom we will find that God himself, storing up sound wisdom for us. The words “stores up” are the Hebrew word “saphan” which means to hide away resources. The idea here is that of God filling a treasure chest for us. What is He putting into it? Sound wisdom is being put there. This sound wisdom is highly practical knowledge and understanding of things that will ensure success in God’s sight if followed. It ensures success when walking in God’s way – we will advance when following it.
Charles Spurgeon writes, “Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”
Pray this morning for wisdom, as you read the second chapter of Proverbs. Pray for wisdom in your relationships with family and friends. I’m praying for you this morning.