Read Proverbs 8
Solomon is still convincing us that this journey is worthwhile. If you have already reached that point, don’t be bored. Just know that you are blessed but some need a little more urging.
There is a basic dichotomy here. Love wisdom and enjoy God’s favor. Hate wisdom and know death. That’s some basic stuff right there.
Let’s move beyond critical thinking. Solomon takes a different tact to get our attention. Do you know what a plank holder is?
It’s someone who has been around forever, maybe from the beginning. We had better ask Joe before we do anything. He was here when they built the place.
We should consult Sue. She’s older than dirt. We had better check with her.
Every organization has a plank hold or two left. They may or may not have the best answers, but you had better listen to what they have to say.
Wisdom is the ultimate plank holder and always has the best answers.
I was there from the beginning.
I’m not just older than dirt, I was there when we made dirt.
I was a craftsman at the side of the Creator.
I am not a fad.
I am not the flavor of the month, year, or millennium.
Find wisdom and find life.
Find wisdom and find blessing.
Ignore wisdom and miss out on life. Everything that you know and do will be within the confines of your own understanding. You will never know the divine part of this life.
Wisdom is the one plank holder that you ignore at your own peril for wisdom was there at the beginning and is woven into the fabric of the universe.
Solomon has taken a full chapter to convince you that the journey before you is worthwhile. It’s time to buy into this journey with heart, soul, mind, and strength.
If you revere God so highly that the fear of anything in the world pales in comparison, you have begun a journey that leads to knowledge that leads to wisdom that embraces the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
We are 8 chapters into this journey. It’s time to commit to the entire trip. Read your chapter every day. Meditate upon it. Set your heart upon seeking God and his kingdom and his righteousness and his wisdom.