Proverbs 4:7- “Wisdom is the principal thing!”

GET-SMART-IMAGEA reading of the Book of Proverbs not only magnifies WISDOM as the central theme of the book, but also the prominence the pursuit of WISDOM should have on our list of daily priorities.  Proverbs 4:1-10 chronicles the legacy of godly wisdom Solomon’s father, King David, imparted to him as a boy.  Solomon writes concerning his father’s instructions:

Proverbs 4:3-4 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also [perhaps “laid down the law”], and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live [prosper].”

Isn’t that the magnanimous desire of every godly parent?  To see one’s children Proverbs_4-7making wise decisions and enjoying God’s blessing is the longing of every Christian parent.  Of course, the acquisition of wisdom is essential as the basis for making wise decisions. Solomon, quoting his father, writes:

Proverbs 4:7Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get [acquire] understanding [discernment].”

When Solomon writes of WISDOM, he is referring to the wisdom of God, not the wisdom of man.  Biblical wisdom begins with being in a right relationship with God.  Solomon taught his son, “The fear [reverence] of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge”  (Proverbs 1:7a).

One’s knowledge and walk with God is fundamental to the acquisition of godly wisdom, which is the basis for spiritual discernment and understanding.  No wonder David challenged Solomon, “Wisdom is the principal thing!” 

wisdom-300x200That their children make right decisions is a concern of every good parent; however, many put forth little effort to teach them to love and fear the Lord.  Some reading this devotional are hardworking, loving parents who labor to give their children every opportunity to succeed.  However, I am afraid you may learn too late there is something more important than possessions, inheritance and education—Wisdom.