Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom, and in all your getting, get understanding.”
Lately, I’ve found myself studying the wisdom scriptures found in the book of Proverbs and boy oh boy is this book wise! The pages of my Bible now look like a child has been coloring rainbows in them as there’s so much I’ve highlighted about the various areas of life. It’s important that we grab hold of this above scripture and understand the implications of it as Christians trying to follow Jesus.
That word principal means, the first order of importance, the highest authority, or the lead. We’re all familiar with this term principal as children going through our education. The principal sets the rules. The principal leads the school. The principal has the final say. Likewise, wisdom is meant to lead the life of a Christian.
Look at verse 8, “exalt her (wisdom), and she will promote you; She (wisdom) will bring you honor when you embrace her.” The true wisdom of God is the Word of God. Look at Proverbs 2:1-2, “My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom…” Wisdom is the Word. Now skip ahead to verse 6, “For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” If we want wisdom, which is to be the principal thing, the guide to our lives, we must incline our ears to the Word of God, which is God’s wisdom.
When you look up wisdom in the dictionary, it means to act soundly, making sound decisions, applying experience, knowledge and good judgment. What better experience about how to live this life is there than from the creator of life Himself?
Recently, my husband has been having trouble with his Bose speaker connecting properly. We could stare at the speaker, throw the speaker away, use the speaker for a paper weight, or something else, but if we want that speaker to work properly, we need to go to the owner’s manual, created by the creators of the speaker, to find out how to fix the issues it’s having. Likewise, if we want to know how we’re supposed to work, how we’re supposed to fix things that are broken in our lives, we need to go to the owner’s manual, created by the Creator of us.
Again and again in the book of Proverbs, scripture after scripture reminds us to hear the instruction of the Lord, to receive His Words, to not let His Word depart from our eyes, to take firm hold, not letting it go, to incline our ears to His sayings, and to treasure His commands. Proverbs 8:33 says, “Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it.” That Word disdain means not to consider it worthy of your consideration. Do we look to the Word of God, considering it first when making decisions in our lives? Do we put His ways above our own, using His good judgment? Proverbs 4:26 says, “Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.” Let wisdom be the principal thing in your life and all your ways will be established by the One true Mighty God.