My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord , and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
Proverbs 2:1-9 KJV
The key point of these first three verses is the fact that one must desire wisdom in order for God to give it to him. First, that means receiving God’s Word (getting saved), then hiding his commandments (getting baptized and discipled), and then inclining our hearts unto wisdom (learning and growing in the truths of God’s Word) and then applying those truths in our daily lives albeit our search after the wisdom of God should not end after we exit the threshold of being a new convert or a young Christian; we must still desire and seek after the wisdom of God all the days of our life.
There is no wisdom apart from the Word of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom…What a powerful truth! What is even more important is what is not said in this passage of Scripture. Any wisdom that does not come from the Lord is of the devil. See James 3:15. The wisdom that the Lord gives helps us to fear the Lord and stand in awe of Him, and therefore sin not. See Psalm 4:4. By this reverential awe and fear of God, we are enabled to grow in grace and seek God in our daily walk with Him.
God lays up, or continually reserves sound wisdom for the righteous. The word wisdom here literally means the ability to direct in purpose. So many times do we look to worldly counsel to direct our life’s path, when our eternal and loving Saviour has given us the opportunity to have a treasure chest of wisdom, understanding, and advice right at our disposal. All we have to merely do is ask God for his direction and guidance, and he will give it to us liberally, because He upbraideth not His eternal wisdom. He stores it up for us.
When we trust in His direction in the purpose and will for our lives, the Lord is a shield to us; he will defend us. Why? Because we are trusting him to guide us in this life and by doing so we are walking by faith. Thus, it follows that if we are walking by faith, we are indeed walking uprightly, for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Therefore, God defends us and fights for us as long as we continually trust in his wisdom, guidance, and direction. The moment we doubt is the moment we fall and all of a sudden we become spiritually unstable and find ourselves immersed in the sin of unbelief. We suddenly dont believe that God continually keeps the paths of judgment and that he continually preserves or protects the way of his saints. We no longer understand what it means to walk with God when we forsake God’s wisdom and we choose to walk in the direction and guidance of this world system.
Once we have done this, we no longer understand righteousness, judgment, and truth. We experience a loss of focus, direction, and purpose because our source of wisdom is no longer eternal but temporal. We no longer understand what the good and right way is because our spiritual vision has been clouded by our own selfishness and pride that makes us falsely believe that we have more acute wisdom and discretion than God Almighty.
What a shame that we would believe ourselves or the advice of other men before we would believe the God who created the world by wisdom. See Pro. 3:19 and Ps. 136:5. May we look to God for wisdom and ask him freely and daily for His wisdom, such that we may always be ensured that we are walking uprightly. Only then will God defend us, when we trust in Him and put no confidence in the flesh. The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.