Proverbs 3:21-35 “My child, do not let them escape from your sight; safeguard sound wisdom and discretion. So they will become life for your soul, and grace around your neck. Then you will walk on your way with security, and you will not stumble. When you lie down you will not be filled with fear; when you lie down your sleep will be pleasant. Do not be afraid of sudden disaster, or when destruction overtakes the wicked; for the LORD will be the source of your confidence, and he will guard your foot from being caught in a trap. Do not withhold good from those who need it, when you have the ability to help. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go! Return tomorrow and I will give it,’ when you have it with you at the time. Do not plot evil against your neighbor when he dwells by you unsuspectingly. Do not accuse anyone without legitimate cause, if he has not treated you wrongly. Do not envy a violent man, and do not choose any of his ways; for one who goes astray is an abomination to the LORD, but he reveals his intimate counsel to the upright. The LORD’s curse is on the household of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. With arrogant scoffers he is scornful, yet he shows favor to the humble. The wise inherit honor, but he holds fools up to public contempt.”
Wisdom is beautiful. Wisdom is life! Wisdom keeps us safe and on the right path. If we’re wise we don’t need to be afraid, and we can sleep soundly in our beds. Wisdom is again tied to the Lord and His commandments, for we will be confident that we have nothing to fear from Him if we are wise. We will experience His blessing, honor and favor if we’re wise, and not have to fear His wrath. And we have some examples of wise living:
- Wisdom is doing good for others when you can.
- Wisdom is paying what you owe.
- Wisdom is being kind to your neighbors.
- Wisdom is not picking a fight with someone who isn’t looking for one.
- Wisdom is choosing not to be violent, and not envying those who do!
- Wisdom is being forthright and truthful, instead of devious.
Most of these can be tied to what Jesus called the second greatest commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”