She is the One to Pursue

October 6, 2020

Proverbs 3:13-18

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

She is the One to Pursue

Proverbs puts wisdom in the feminine gender and basically tells us, “if you want to pursue a woman or that which will bless and fulfill your life, then pursue wisdom.  With her comes her companion understanding.  Together they are more profitable than silver and their returns are better than gold.  ‘She is more precious than rubies and nothing else you desire can compare to her.  Solomon is speaking this out of a place of experience, because he has found her and has come to know her value and worth.  She is a tree of life because she brings us into the knowing and understanding of God and His ways.  Pursue the will, the mind of God and His purposes in our lives, acknowledge Him in all of our ways. Then are we courting wisdom; for her nature is found in the attributes of our God.  Wisdom is an attribute and personality of God that should be pursued by us His beloved.  Ultimately, we must learn to operate out of this attribute and so it is imperative that we find her and be united with her. 

We often hear her speaking to us through the Word of God.  We hear her in the words of Jesus, the apostles and in the prophets, but do we actually reach out and embrace her and draw her to our heart?  Jesus defines the difference of this in a parable that He gives in Matthew 7:21-27, “”Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

24″Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.””  In this parable we learn a priceless key of kingdom principle and wisdom.  In Christ our relationship and our intimacy with knowing Him is not in the hearing, but in the doing.  I think with shamefulness at all the times that I have heard the word of the Lord and even understood it, but then I didn’t really do it.  It doesn’t matter what we do in the Name of Jesus if the nature of His Spirit and the character of obedience are not there.  This passage tells us that there will be those who appeared to be great men of God doing signs and wonders, but the Lord didn’t know them.  They might have had the power and the miracles, but they didn’t have the relationship.  They had found and bound themselves to wisdom; because the attribute of wisdom is that she does the will of the Father as well as reveals the mind of the Father.

              Just as wisdom and understanding are sisters, so are faith and obedience.  You don’t want one without the other.  Just as faith without works is dead, so is obedience without faith, because without faith it is impossible to please God.  Sometimes our greatest deception is in that fact that we know the Word of God and we hear the word of God.  We may be in church every Sunday and read the Word of God every day, but if we miss the doing then we remain the foolish man.  The “doing” is the cement that is added to the sand to produce the concrete.  Sand, by itself, is not a good foundation, but we know that concrete is a good foundation because we all build our houses on them.  The difference is the cement, which is the “doing” of the word.  Our greatest wisdom and understanding is in realizing that all else in our lives is shifting sand without the daily implementation of the word and principles of God into our lives.  Perhaps that is why the world sees such duality and hypocrisy in our lives.  They also, hear the words, but fail to see the substance.  Even with Solomon who taught us this we see that he failed to hold fast to her who he knew to be so valuable and precious.  He let other lovers and affections into his life that took her place.  Even the wisest among us can become fools if we let go of her who is wisdom and life.  May our lives be such that we are pursuing hard after her (Wisdom) today so that we not only know about God, but know the will and the do of His good pleasure.

Blessings,

#kent

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