if you seek it [wisdom] like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:4-6
Throughout Proverbs, Solomon speaks of wisdom. Reminding us often that we are to seek wisdom only from God and not ourselves (Proverbs 3) and that we should hold onto wisdom tightly and guard it (Proverbs 4:13). I wonder how our lives would look if we sought out God’s wisdom like we do fortune, approval from others, high paying salaries or the newest toys. So often, in this flesh, we are seeking things such as: happiness, contentment, more money, financial security, pleasure and wisdom but from the wrong source. How often do we go to God who is the ultimate and only provider of perfect discoveries, contentment, security and wisdom? More often, we skip God all together and seek it through our own doing and by the world’s guidance.
Solomon describes wisdom in two very unique ways in chapters 7 & 9 of Proverbs. First, we see him describe wisdom as a sister.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your relative. 5 She will keep you from a forbidden woman, a stranger with her flattering talk. Proverbs 7:4-5
In other words, keep wisdom as close as your sibling (or as close as God intended siblings to be). When you do this, wisdom will keep you from making foolish mistakes like adultery as Proverbs 7 goes on to explain. Solomon also describes wisdom as a house with seven pillars. Seven being the number of perfection so we should say, “the perfect house.”
Wisdom has built her house; she has carved out her seven pillars. 2 She has prepared her meat; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table. 3 She has sent out her female servants; she calls out from the highest points of the city: 4 “Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!” To the one who lacks sense, she says, 5 “Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine I have mixed. 6 Leave inexperience behind, and you will live; pursue the way of understanding. Proverbs 9:1-6
Wisdom is inviting you to attend a feast in her perfect home. The table is set and she is calling to you to enter and leave all “inexperience” behind so that you can pursue understanding. What a beautiful image. Will you leave behind inexperience today and chart a new course towards gaining wisdom and understanding of God’s word and will for you? He has so much to offer if only we would enter and sit at the table before Him with our hearts open and ready to receive. Will you seek Him and trust in His provision?