The purpose of this prologue to the Proverbs proper is to encourage us to get wisdom! To strive with heart and mind and main to get wisdom! Godly wisdom is essential to your sanctification, growth in grace, and wellbeing. Our own wisdom will lead us up the garden path!
“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.”
Solomon continues to plumb the depths of what wisdom is in this passage.
He gives some very practical applications.
“Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.”
We are to be careful with what we say and how we say it!
We must be people who take control of our tongues. When we are tempted to speak in the heat of anger or the spike of jealousy – Remember wisdom!
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.”
The world and its treasures can look bright and shiny. We see them every day.
In 1 John chapter 2 we read,
“For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life – is not from the Father but from the world.”
We are to be _singular_ in our vision, our hearts fixed on Jesus.
As the wonderful hymn exhorts us, let us turn our eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face – A far better sight than anything the world will offer up.
* Heavenly Father,
Please today let the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight.
Lord God, You are our rock and our redeemer – Praise Your Name!
Please help us to flee from the desires of the world, and continue to turn to You, to seek Your face, our eyes on Jesus.
Thank You Lord God for Your mercies and Your grace.