More than anything, Solomon wanted wisdom. So over riches, fame, and power, he asked God for understanding. And God was very pleased with his request.
In fact, God promises all believers that He will gladly give His wisdom to any who asks Him for it. It delights God’s heart because the request implies two important truths: God is the source of all wisdom and we are not. To look outside ourselves, our own reasoning, our own resources to the One who alone possesses all understanding requires humility, a prerequisite for approaching God. But when we release our preconceptions looking to God for direction instead, a beautiful miracle happens: we begin to walk and live in truth. And truth applied to life in all the daily thoughts and details leads to real wisdom.
Proverbs is a compilation of many of Solomon’s wise thoughts as he reflected on God’s nature, the effects of sin, and our need for truth in our daily lives. They provide foundational guidelines for godly thought and actions, a general course and description for believers’ lives. They don’t, however, make promises as found elsewhere in Scripture. In other words, adherence to a proverb doesn’t guarantee a specific result. Generally speaking, though, the outflow and end result of a life lived in obedience to God nets a deeper understanding of who God is and a greater experience of His presence in this life.
Why should we desire wisdom? It is part of who God is. To become wise is to draw closer to the One from whom wisdom comes. Learning to worship God becomes the link to greater understanding—not only of how and why the world works as it does, but also how God is at work behind it using all He has made for His glory.
Do you want to become wise? Then search the Scriptures and find the heart of God. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”