Proverbs 3:13-20 “Blessed is the one who has found wisdom, and the one who obtains understanding. For her benefit is more profitable than silver, and her gain is better than gold. She is more precious than rubies, and none of the things you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are very pleasant, and all her paths are peaceful. She is like a tree of life to those who grasp onto her, and everyone who takes hold of her will be blessed. By wisdom the LORD laid the foundation of the earth; he established the heavens by understanding. By his knowledge the primordial sea was broken open, so that the clouds drip down dew.”
The Hebrew word used here for “blessed” can also mean “happy.” When we gain wisdom and understanding we will be happy! Happy because we stay out of trouble, and happy because of the benefits we gain. Nothing is more important than wisdom, not even wealth. Wisdom help us to live long, and be at peace. Wisdom is a “tree of life.” We know from Genesis that mankind was expelled from the Garden of Eden and barred from the tree of life (Genesis 3:24), but Revelation teaches us that we’ll have access again in the new heavens and the new earth (Revelation 22:14). It was a mercy to be barred from the tree because it would have the effect of locking us into our sinful state (Genesis 3:22). Wisdom helps us to live righteously in this life, so it is a type of the “tree of life,” but one day we will get to eat of the actual tree because of Jesus Christ!
John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die.’”
God created the world though wisdom. The references to the rain and the “primordial sea” may refer to the flood. God’s wisdom and knowledge of creation is absolute, and he understands the making of rain and the “fountains of the great deep” (Genesis 7:11). This certainly serves as a reminder of God’s awesomeness, but perhaps there is another point here. If God is wise and uses wisdom, shouldn’t we?!?!?
Note: “by wisdom the Lord laid the foundation of the earth” could be a reference to the trinity and Jesus Christ. Many think that the personification of wisdom in Proverbs is an allusion to Jesus Christ!
1 Corinthians 1:24 “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.”