A wise old owl sat on an oak...
Wisdom is better than jewels and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. Proverbs 8:11
I've been reading the book of Proverbs and am really enjoying the first nine chapters which are all about wisdom. Proverbs was written by the wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon. He says we should seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures. (2:4)
Here are some of the benefits of having wisdom:
- peace 3:2
- favour and success in the sight of God and man 4:4
- life and blessing 3:18
- long life, riches and honour 3:16
- security 3:23
- no fear and good sleep 3:24
- exaltation 4:8
- guidance 6:21-23
- an inheritance 8:21
How do we become wise?
1 Start with being in awe of God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. 9:10
2 Get to know Jesus. The Bible says that he is the wisdom of God:
Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God 1 Cor 1:24
Also, in Proverbs 8 it becomes clear that wisdom is Jesus:
When he (God) established the heavens, I (wisdom) was there... I was beside him, like a master workman and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always. 8:30
Whoever finds me (wisdom) finds life. 8:35
3 Follow the wisdom in Proverbs
These are some of my favourite proverbs; I love the wisdom in them.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 15:1
The prudent ignores an insult. 12:16
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. 16:32
It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling. 20:3
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. 18:2
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 12:18
The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out. 17:14
See that Charles Schultz's owl is in agreement with Solomon: speak less, listen more!