“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7 NKJV). “It is He who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding stretched out the heavens” (Jeremiah 10:12 ESV). The material world with all of its benefits are the first images of God’s wisdom. We understand that the earth and its fullness was created and established by the word, the will and the wisdom of God. Therefore, we who desire to be wise must imitate godly wisdom in all our endeavors.
When building homes, establishing families, and acquiring precious possessions to complete our lives it is first necessary to have and to exercise godly wisdom. Without it we toil in vain. By our own strength and tenacity we may be able to acquire houses, families and extensive possessions. But without wisdom these accoutrements soon possess us. Too often we fail to realize that the earth and it’s fullness is a product of the wisdom God possessed before creation (cf. Proverbs 8:22). Thus, our posture toward riches should be governed by our priority to pursue wisdom. Wisdom gained through godly reverence (cf. Proverbs 9:10) is our greatest asset.
Of chief concern in establishing strong families is our ability to protect them from adversity. Verses 5-7 talks about wisdom as a source of true strength. Misplaced power is ineffective and the wanton usage of strength is dangerous. But strength under the guidance of wise counsel is a recipe for victory (v. 6). Our associates can be our greatest ally or our Achilles Heel (cf. Proverb 27:17; 1 Corinthians 15:33). Not only is it prudent to cultivate godly wisdom personally, but it is equalły important to associate with people who are likewise in pursuit of godly wisdom. Most of the Proverbs reference a fool’s inability to refrain from speaking, however when the situation requires serious analysis or strategic reasoning the fool suffers from a loss of words (v.7).
Your hope for a secure future resides in the diligence required to amass wisdom. Like honey is sweet to the taste and good for the body, so wisdom is pleasant to the soul that feeds on it, fostering a secure hope. Before you erect your house, start your family, or build your portfolio get wisdom. It is better than strength!