Value of Wisdom

Proverbs 2

What’s the difference between George Washington
and a duck?
One has a bill on his face
The other has his face on a bill.

What did the colonists wear to the Boston Tea Party?
Tea-Shirts

How come there aren’t any knock-knock jokes about
America?
Because freedom rings

Today we are going to continue our Proverbs series.
We will be looking at the 2nd chapter of Proverbs.
As I mentioned last week, the first 9 chapters are an
introduction to the wisdom that is forthcoming later in
the book.

Chapter 2 is a father explaining to a son the value of
wisdom. And the most amazing part about it is that
this father knows firsthand about wisdom because he
received it directly from the Father in heaven who is
the author and giver of wisdom.

Proverbs 2:1-4

These first 4 verses start a conditional statement
You know…if this then that.

Solomon gives three if’s for the son to consider

If you Hear God’s Wisdom…
● Truly Receive my words
● Treasure God’s word
● Take care to hear
● Tune your heart

To an Israelite the word hear was special.
It was a reminder of God’s words in
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is
our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your might.”
The word hear means more than just take in the
words, it means to hear and put into action.

Believe and act!
Notice the attitude towards hearing.
Treasure, incline, make attentive… the idea is a
person who is truly seeking wisdom will listen so they
can hear because they desire to gain wisdom.

If you Ask for God’s Wisdom…

This takes hearing to the next level.
We all have studied something and forgotten what we
learned. We can’t expect the teacher to know what we
have retained and what we haven’t. Sometimes we
have to use our voice and ask the teacher for further
explanation.
Also, when we ask it shows that we care about our
learning and desire to know more.
The idea here is that we are students of one who is
wiser than us.

James 1:5 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let
him ask of God who gives to all generously and
without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

God told Solomon He would give him anything he
asked for. Solomon chose wisdom and God gave it
generously to him.

If you Value God’s Wisdom…

A wise son considers wisdom equal in worth to silver
or hidden treasure.
Let’s take a look at Proverbs 12:15 “The way of a
fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is
he who listens to counsel.”

It’s good to value God’s wisdom.
It shows that we respect God and trust that His ways
are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher
than our thoughts.
Our attitude ought to reflect that we place great value
in wisdom that comes from God.

Next Solomon gives the result of what happens when
someone has a proper attitude towards God’s wisdom.
V.5 “Then you will Discern the Fear of the Lord and
discover the knowledge of God”

Those who hear the Lord’s wisdom, ask for the Lord’s
wisdom and value the Lord’s wisdom will gain

Theological Discernment

Wisdom comes from God. v.6
He helps us understand how much He cares for His
children.
God Professes Wisdom – He speaks wisdom to we
can understand it
God Piles Us Wisdom – remember the verse from
James – God has infinite wisdom. If anyone asks for
it, He has tons of it piled up. He is willing to give it to
us generously.
God Protects those who walk in integrity. He is a
shield of protection for those who walk in Him.
God Preserves the way of His godly ones.

Those who seek after God and His wisdom will gain
theological understanding of God’s character.

God loves His children and will watch over them to
keep them until He calls them home.

Now, let’s look at v.9 for the second result of
someone who has the proper attitude towards God’s
wisdom.
“Then you will discern righteousness and justice
and equity and every good course.”

Those who hear the Lord’s wisdom, ask for the Lord’s
wisdom and value the Lord’s wisdom will gain

Moral Discernment

Wisdom helps us act in a way that honors God.
Many of the sayings in Proverbs describe how a
person should behave in God’s world.

Notice how Solomon describes a wise person.
Their whole being is bent towards God.
Wisdom enters their heart
Knowledge is pleasant to their soul
And along with that they are given discretion and
understanding.
They know God so they know His heart and what
makes Him happy and what makes Him angry.

The wise are able to live in a way that honors God
and they can also point others to God’s way and
purpose for living.

Next, Solomon provides two temptations that are
common to man.

Evil man and adulterous woman.

Avoiding Temptations of the Evil Man
Vv.12-15 describe in detail the evil man and all of his
problems.
Perverse, devious, shady (walk crooked paths),
delight in evil.

Those who are wise know how to recognize the evil
man and the temptations he offers. Knowing God and
knowing God’ desire for His children helps defend
against the evil man.

Avoiding Temptations of the Adulterous Woman
Vv.16-19 describe the adulterous woman and how
dangerous it is to get involved with her.

She flatters with words
She forgets the covenant of her God
Her tracks lead to the dead

Those who visit her never come back

The wise man understands the dangers of dealing
with an adulterous woman. He avoids her because he
knows God and trusts His plan and promises.

APPLICATION

Seek God’s Wisdom

The world’s wisdom is wacky!
If you can even call it wisdom.
The world will lead us astray.

God wants us to know Him and follow Him.

Here’s the beautiful thing about God and His wisdom.
If you seek Him and His wisdom you will find them
both.

God’s wisdom can protect us from travelling down a
road we don’t want to go down.