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Proverbs, chapter 14 gives us the picture of true Wisdom. It is wisdom that begins with the proper fear of The Lord. Awe and respect and total love for The Lord. In its pages we find instructions, guidance, and hope. Wisdom. Scriptures often use the term “paths” as illustrations of how one either walks or doesn’t walk with The Lord. Those who fear The Lord walk on the straight path. They neither turn to the left nor to the right. They follow their Master and His plan for their lives. There are few who travel this path. They are called wise.
Contrast that with the foolish or unwise, those who don’t walk with The Lord but travel their own way. Their path is twisted. Their ways are perverse and double-minded and they are characterized as a people who despise The Lord. There are many who travel this broad path. They are the masters of their fate and the captains of their soul. Or so they think.
The simplest definition of wisdom is knowledge guided by insight and understanding. Reverence for God is the source of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). Wisdom is more valuable than riches (Proverbs 8:11). It produces good fruit (James 3:17). Christ is the Key that opens the hidden treasures of God’s wisdom (Colossians 2:3).
The Hebrew word for wisdom is chokmah whose most common use is in reference to wisdom in daily living. This is the sense of the word used throughout the Proverbs which teaches that true wisdom involves not only intelligence but also moral integrity. A sinful lifestyle is ultimately destructive. Wisdom is extolled as the only path to a full and fruitful life.