With all of this talk about wisdom, I imagine some must be wondering what it is good for. Sure, wisdom keeps us from making dumb decisions, but what exactly does that mean? This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 2: 10 — 14 (KJV). The word of the Lord reads:
10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul, 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee, 12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from men that speak froward* things, 13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked.
*obstinate, disobedient, headstrong, self-willed
When wisdom keeps us from making dumb decisions, it is preserving us. From this passage in the inspired Word of God we are able to conclude that wisdom is synonymous with preserver. In more contemporary terms, wisdom is a rear end saver. Among the list of things wisdom saves us from is evil people — people who delight in ill doings. Now this does not mean that wisdom is evil repellent — that evil people will never come your way in life. What it does mean, however, is that wisdom will give us the ability to discern people who will only lead us to destruction from those who actually take joy in walking the straight and narrow path. This can only happen, however, when we welcome wisdom into our hearts and view knowledge as dessert instead of vegetables. What difference does that make? People know vegetables are good for them, so they force themselves to eat some every now and then. Dessert, on the other hand…who ever skips that? Who doesn’t look forward to it and make a point of ingesting it whenever they can? We ought to have the same eagerness and desire towards wisdom. When we do, the scriptures tell us that the wisdom we indulge in from the Word of God will act as our preserver in life.
Have a blessed day!
Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.