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October 17

Proverbs 2

1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding; 3 furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding, 4 if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He stores up success for the upright; He is a shield for those who live with integrity 8 so that he may guard the paths of justice and protect the way of his faithful followers. 9 Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and integrity​—​every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will delight you. 11 Discretion will watch over you, and understanding will guard you. 12 It will rescue you from the way of evil—from anyone who says perverse things, 13 from those who abandon the right paths to walk in ways of darkness, 14 from those who enjoy doing evil and celebrate perversion, 15 whose paths are crooked, and whose ways are devious. 16 It will rescue you from a forbidden woman, from a wayward woman with her flattering talk, 17 who abandons the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; 18 for her house sinks down to death and her ways to the land of the departed spirits. 19 None return who go to her; none reach the paths of life. 20 So follow the way of the good, and keep to the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright will inhabit the land, and those of integrity will remain in it; 22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous ripped out of it. — Proverbs 2

The Value of Wisdom

by Brad Cleveland

Where do you go when you’re struggling to make a decision? How do you choose between what’s good and what’s best? How do you discern, well, anything?

In a lot of ways the book of Proverbs holds the key. It is filled with ideas that are generally true and are vital to understanding how the world works in God’s economy. Some famous bits of advice have come from the Proverbs, and it has been recommended that we read the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the day of the month in order to gain some wisdom for that day. It’s a great system, and I recommend it!

What I love about Proverbs 2 is that it shows what a treasure wisdom is—and how rare it is. This passage lays out so many of the benefits of seeking wisdom. Look at all the things wisdom does. It will watch over you, it will guard you, it will deliver you (from evil men AND from the adulteress), and it will be pleasant to your soul. When we walk in step with God’s wisdom, we begin to understand the way the world works from God’s perspective.

Proverbs 2 lays bare the benefits of seeking the wisdom of God. I believe that means we seek to see how the world works through His eyes. Remember that seeking wisdom is actually seeking Christ himself. Colossians 2:2b-3 says, “…Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Let this chapter remind us of the great treasure that is wisdom and that when we seek wisdom, we seek Christ. 

Praxis

  1. How would you define wisdom?
  2. What verse stood out to you as being a benefit of wisdom you haven’t considered?

Brad Cleveland

Brad Cleveland is the Music & Worship Minister at The Church at West Franklin. He is originally from Mobile, Alabama, where he graduated from the University of Mobile. From there, he went on to earn a Master of Divinity in Worship Leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Upon graduating, God called him to East Tennessee to serve as the Worship Pastor at Lyons Creek Baptist Church. He has traveled to many places on mission journeys including Mexico, Germany, Russia, Kenya, India, and the Dominican Republic. He is passionate about seeing people grow in their love for Jesus and His kingdom through music.

Brad is married to Meredith, and they have two children. Meredith graduated from Liberty University with a Masters in Counseling, and she is passionate about helping hurting people in difficult situations. Brad loves spending time with his family, playing musical instruments, and watching Alabama football. Roll Tide.