It's a really good thing when you're walking in integrity in the Lord. It may be at times hard, yes, but it's truly rewarding. Having integrity is considered better than obtaining wealth (Proverbs 15:16). You may ask, "why?" When Christ saves you and regenerates your heart, you'll desire to choose to honor the Lord in doing right; it will bring Him the glory.
Throughout the book of Proverbs, it speaks adhering to wisdom in different aspects of life. Knowing from right and wrong stems from wisdom and seeking to do the right thing in every aspect of our lives. In James 1:5, it states, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him." This is not a philosophical wisdom, but a wisdom that is lived out through God's word revealed in Scripture.
When you want to honor the Lord, you'll desire to seek wisdom from His Word. There are many examples of wisdom we can glean from when it comes to dealing with sin in our hearts. This chapter says much on this topic on wisdom, and I believe it will be able to help us grow more in our sanctification, knowing that true wisdom only comes from the Lord. Wisdom brings good, and having the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
True Wisdom Comes from the Lord (vs. 1-10)
Being hasty or rushing into sin, how can we say we have wisdom or knowledge of the Lord? Also, it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, and he sins who hastens with his feet (v. 2). This is someone who is showing to not have godly wisdom, which this type of wisdom is from the world (1 Corinthians 3:19). The only true wisdom we can have is God's word, discerning right from wrong. When it comes to different situations in our lives, do we seek wisdom from His word, or do we seek to do things our own way? There are countless times where I sought wisdom from others instead of running to His word for guidance. Can we not blame God for our troubles or failures? When it is us who are enticed to our own lust or foolishness (v. 3), we generally bring our problems to ourselves. Praise the sovereign Lord that we can go to Him in the midst of our troubles and seek repentance.
Wisdom Brings Good (vs. 11-20)
If we desire His wisdom, we ought to go to the main source, which is the Word. He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good (v. 8). A person who seeks wisdom seeks God. Having solid, Biblical doctrine in your heart means you love your own soul; when you're feeding your heart with God's word, it is guiding and protecting your soul from sin and the evil one. His word provides peace, love, gentleness, and goodness. Being diligence in learning God's word will help keep us in peace, and it shows in this particular verse that someone cares deeply about the quality of their life. Obeying His word is considered a source of blessing (v. 16).
The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Knowledge (vs. 21-29)
We cannot trust in our own hearts, but we must always trust the counsel of the Lord (v. 21). Our hearts are wicked (Jeremiah 17:9), and we need to daily check our motives and trust in the Lord with our hearts. He's given us His Holy Spirit, who lives in us, to help guard our hearts and minds with Scripture. Now, what do I mean when I say that when we fear the Lord, it's the beginning of knowledge (v. 23)? I mean not in sense of salvation type of fear, but a reverence, healthy, and a holy respect for the Lord. It will lead to obedience. When He saves us and opens our eyes to the saving grace of the Gospel, it is the beginning of truly knowing the Lord and His wisdom. An unbeliever may say statements about life and truth, but he or she do not have truth until they come to the redemptive relationship with our sovereign Lord, which is reverential.
Nonetheless, if we are assured in our heart that we will spend eternity with our Lord, we should be completely satisfied with Him. As Paul reminds us, we should be satisfied in whatever circumstances we are in, knowing that we are awaiting something greater in eternity with our Lord. If we keep our minds on this, we won't be tempted with evil, but we can overcome evil with good.
Bhoranie Seide currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a lover of theology, a style blogger, and an author of book called Unveiling Your Style: Becoming A New You Through Fashion, Style, and Grace. You may follow more of Bhoranie on her website, Bhoranie Speaks.