Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
When I first read the verse years ago, it struck me as curious that God would call wisdom the principal thing, and even command us to get it above everything else. Isn’t healing or protection more important? What is it about wisdom that God should make it as the number one priority?
But after hearing many of my pastor’s sermons on the subject and reading the Book of Proverbs myself, I am now convinced that “wisdom” is indeed the single most important thing we can ask for…
If you desire a long life, a healthy bank balance and a good reputation…
Length of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor.
If you are yearning for a promotion in your career…
Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
If you need a peace of mind (and a cure for your insomnia)…
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;..
… When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
If you wish to steer clear of dangers and troubles…
But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.
If you want to maintain a healthy body…
For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
If you intend to build a prosperous household…
Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
If you are running a huge organisation or even a country…
By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
By me princes rule, and nobles,
All the judges of the earth
If you want some God’s favor in your life…
For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;
… as (almost) everything we want in life is wrapped up in this one thing.
(to be continued…)