What Does Wisdom Mean for Me?
To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and a word in season, how good it is!
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent,
that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.
25 The LORD tears down the house of the proud
but maintains the widow's boundaries.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
but gracious words are pure.
27 Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household,
but he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
29 The LORD is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and good news refreshes the bones.
31 The ear that listens to life-giving reproof
will dwell among the wise.
32 Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,
but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
33 The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom,
and humility comes before honor.
We all want to be smart and have wisdom. We want the ability to give an apt reply. What we may not realize is that the world’s version of these attributes is very different from how God made them. God requires respect and reverence. And rightly so.
- Choose one of the four types of verses Solomon used in this passage and make a statement about yourself.
- Please share one truth of the world that you later realized was really a lie.
- Please share one truth of God that you now understand but that you used not to understand.