day 8: benefits of wisdom

by admin on October 8, 2015


Proverbs chapter eight

Today we get to talk about something other than harlots and sin! The Excellence of Wisdom – that is the title of chapter eight in my Bible. The excellence – does it get any better than that? We are going to be super encouraged today. Take notes because if you are like me you are going to learn a few things you may not have known before! Let’s dig in.

Our best friend needs to be Wisdom – oh if only we would heed her advice on every decision we decide, every choice we choose, and every word we speak. And, not only is she smart but she is everywhere!

  • She is on the high hills
  • She is “along the way”
  • She is at the entrance of the cities
  • She stands at the door
  • She is speaking to all the sons (all inclusive men, women, boys, and girls) of men

This Wisdom – she is quite self-confident!

  • When I open my mouth, I will speak of excellent things.
  • I will speak TRUTH.
  • Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
  • I will not say anything perverse or crooked.

Let’s remember this verse 11 in chapter 8 because it is going to shed a lot of light later on in our Wisdom 101 studies!

For Wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire? Cannot be compared with her. verse 11

In this chapter we see the word prudence and just to be sure I looked up the definition: to have a quality of cautiousness; synonyms are: common sense, good judgment, shrewdness, advisability, and wisdom. Wisdom admonishes us to “understand prudenceand she tells us in verse 12 that she lives with prudence. I find that quite interesting because in today’s world there is a massive lack of prudence. I remember a long time ago I wanted to write a children’s book on “learning how to have common sense”…because I find there is a lack of it in today’s Generation Z (those born mid to late 1990’s to the present day). Now, as I am reading chapter eight of Proverbs the light bulb is turning on – our children (present company excluded!) are not being taught True Wisdom, which comes straight from the Word of God.

I, Wisdom, dwell with prudence (common sense, good judgment, shrewdness, advisability) v.12

Wow! Not only is it wise to have Wisdom as our best friend, did you know it is profitable? Let me clarify, I do not teach prosperity theology! Yet, let’s read verse 21 together, and Wisdom is speaking, “That I may cause those who love me (Wisdom) to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries.”  Straight from the New King James Version of the Bible.  Selah.

Just how OLD is our friend, Wisdom? Verses 22 through 31 give us a glimpse of the ancientness of her! Have you ever heard this phrase used before?

In the beginning…

That is correct, The Lord possessed me (Wisdom speaking) at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I have been established from everlasting, from the beginning, before there was ever an earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills…

I was…

Are you getting as excited as I am? Oh my! Wisdom, my friend, why wouldn’t I seek you?

Who proved the earth was round? Google it! Pythagoras? Parmenides? Aristotle? NOT! The living Word of God does right here in Proverbs 8.27:

When He prepared the heavens, I (Wisdom) was there, when He drew a circle on the face of the deep!

Let us take a moment for a happy, hallelujah dance…. the rest of this chapter is so incredibly, phenomenally awesome! Listen to what Wisdom says in verse 30:

And I was daily His delight!

I don’t want this chapter to end – but there is a closingWisdom speaking, Listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be WISE, do not disdain it. BLESSED is the person who listens to me…for whoever finds me? Finds LIFE and gets FAVOR from the Lord…but those who sin against me? Wrongs their own soul and those who hate me? Love death.


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day 7: seduction

by admin on October 7, 2015


Proverbs chapter seven

Day seven and I’m feeling it – Wisdom? She is prodding and poking and going deep. God is standing by with His pruning shears and lopping off a lot of dead branches on my vine – it is not pleasant but purposeful. Right up front I’ll warn you chapter seven is a continuance of chapter six – the father continues to warn his son about the temptation of the seducing woman.

My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you, keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to Wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your nearest kin, that they may keep you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with words. (verses 1 through 5)

The chapter ends with dad’s admonition to his children (now plural)…

Now therefore, listen to me, my children; pay attention to the words of my mouth; do not let your heart turn aside to her (the crafty harlot) ways, do not stray into her paths; for she has cast down many wounded, and all who were slain by her were strong men. Her house is the way to hell, descending to the chambers of death. (verses 24 through 27)

I have looked ahead and I think we are just about done with harlots, adultery, and the such! But, I want to say something and this is part of MY story. In 1978 when my first husband was unfaithful to me, he was unfaithful with a prostitute – she was 17 years old, had a pimp and a problem and she seduced my husband, and, y’all every single word Solomon writes in chapters six and seven is true. When G made that choice he destroyed more lives than his own. It cost him everything and today at 69-years old he is one of the most miserable men on the planet. I will not say he is hopeless because I believe as long as there is breath, there is HOPE; however, he lives the most non-joyful existence I have ever watched. He was a strong man slain.

With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips she seduced him. Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, ’til an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would cost his life. (verses 21 through 23)

For the majority of us reading this we probably aren’t tempted by the seductiveness of a man or woman but perhaps we fight other temptations. Over-eating? Laziness? Lying? Selfishne$$? Gossip? Cheating? Pornography? Excessive drinking? Drugs? Coveting? Being Prideful? Power? Fame? Let’s apply the Proverbs’ father’s words to his children, to our own temptations and pray for victory over the seductress!

I want to keep Wisdom’s ways and The Word as the apple of my eye!


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