Saturday, May 8, 2010

Proverb a Day in May - May 8th/Chapter 8

Today, in chapter 8, we read of the superiority of wisdom. Notice with me these truths about wisdom's words:
  1. 8:6-9 - Wisdom's Words are Plain. How plain are these words? Well, Matthew Henry states it this way: Yet attention to the words of Christ, will guide the most ignorant into saving knowledge of the truth. There is no other book, like the Bible, that is so deep that you will never fully learn everything it has to teach you; yet so simple even a child could understand it.
  2. 8:10-11 - Wisdom's Words are Precious. How precious are these words? The wisdom of Christ and the Word of God is, as the Psalmist says in Psalm 19:10, "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."
  3. 8:12 - Wisdom's Words are Prudent. How prudent are these words? True Biblical wisdom leads to action. Adam Clarke explains it this way, "Prudence is defined, wisdom applied to practice; so wherever true wisdom is, it will lead to action, and its activity will be always in reference to the accomplishment of the best ends by the use of the most appropriate means."
I pray that the Lord showed you something great in Chapter 8 today, and that you will share it with us here.


    1. The best thing about living a life with wisdom is:

      For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
      [Proverbs 8:35 KJV]

    2. How precious are His words, indeed! Because I love the Word of the Lord, I feel I have something so precious and rare and special and so does everyone else who loves God's Word. My most favorite verse in this chapter is v.17: "I love them that love me; and those that seek me early SHALL find me."

    3. As far as chapters go, Proverbs 8 is my favourite (right up there with the wisdom chapter in Job too). Wisdom in this chapter is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ - so I always read it in those two senses: ie. speaking of the benefits of wisdom and speaking of our Saviour.

      Proverbs 8:10-11 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

      The Lord is better than silver or gold, better than rubies - nothing is comparable to Him!

      Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

      Proverbs 8:34-35 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

      Are we listening to the Lord Jesus Christ daily - seeking Him early (ie. diligently) - are we watching daily and waiting for what He has to teach us?

    4. I love all the promises that are given here - which could be taken as warnings too. God gives us fair warning here to follow after wisdom, to love it, so it will love us. "Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not."