Proverbs 4:7- King James Version (KJV)
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Points to consider:
- The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7). Fear in this context refers to knowing God, loving Him, obeying His commandments and basically just living a life that pleases Him.
- Wisdom is the recognition of difference. The ability to know what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is bad. Understanding is the insight that enables one apply wisdom correctly.
- Wisdom and understanding go hand in hand, but many people choose to have wisdom without having understanding and this is the reason you may see someone who knows pretty well the right thing to do, but would still end up doing the wrong thing. Having wisdom without understanding is like having eyes without a vision, in other words, you can look but cannot see details.
- The only way you can acquire both wisdom and understanding in the full measure and proportion required for your entire life time is by getting to know God (see the 1st bullet point). There’s a difference between “Knowing about God” and “Really Knowing God”. A number of people know about God but do not know Him for themselves. One is a third party relationship while the other is a One-on-one relationship. So what we are talking about here is knowing God for yourself(the one-on-one relationship).
- The complete Wisdom package (wisdom&understanding) is gift from God, and yet in this bible verse, we are commanded to get it. You cannot access that gift except you come to the knowledge of the one who gives the gift. The reason we are commanded to get it is because we have to work for it. God gives it to those that labor for it (an example of labor in the context may be your strong desire to want to know and live for Him(God) and also have a good sense of judgment that would benefit others, just like King Solomon in the Bible).
- Finally, when one gets wisdom, he/she should take heed lest he/she loses it (‘Do not forget’, ‘Do not forsake’ – Proverbs 4:5, 4:6).
(I implore you to make out time to gradually read and meditate on the entire Book of Proverbs, along side ask God to grant you understanding as you meditate on the verses).
Father, I ask for wisdom from you today, and in all of it I ask for great understanding that I be able to have and apply the right sense of judgement in all that I do from today henceforth, in Jesus name, Amen!