Lessons from Proverbs: Wisdom Worldview

Proverbs 8:1-21

On Father’s Day, a little boy decided to make his
dad breakfast in bed. He made scrambled eggs,
toast, and coffee.

He brought it to his dad,
hands him a cup of coffee and says,
“Try it, Dad!”

The father takes a sip and nearly gags because
it is so strong.

The little boy asks,
“Dad, how do you like it!”
Trying not to hurt his feelings, the dad says,
“This is… something else, I’ve never tasted
coffee quite like this before, son.”

The little boy smiles from ear to ear and says,
“Drink some more!”
As the father is drinking, he notices two green
army men in the bottom of the cup.
“Hey! Why did you put army men in here!”
The little boy again smiles and sings,
“The best part of waking up is Soldiers in your
cup!”

Today our text is found in Proverbs 8.
We will be looking at the first 21 verses.

I’ve titled this message Wisdom Worldview because
sometimes people take wisdom for granted. Solomon
wants his son and audience to understand the
magnitude of wisdom. It should be the basis for our
life.

The author, Solomon, provides his reader with
4 aspects of wisdom.

Let’s ask God to speak to us from His word this
morning and for clarity and understanding.

Proverbs 8:1-5

In these verses we see
The Accessibility of Wisdom
Before we get too far into the accessibility of wisdom
I want to mention the way Solomon personifies
wisdom. He describes wisdom as a she.
Wisdom is in direct contrast to the adulterous woman
we have studied already in previous chapters. Wisdom
is wonderful and nothing like the strange woman who
tries to tempt young men.

Wisdom Calls – This is the beautiful thing about
wisdom, she doesn’t hide from people. She calls out,
she wants to be found. Notice wisdom is not calling
from some remote location.

She goes where the people are. She goes to the place
where the paths meet, to the city gates, on top of the
heights. She wants people to receive her and listen to
her.

Wisdom is Available for Everyone – notice how
Solomon describes wisdom, her voice is to the sons of
men, to the naive ones, it’s even available for fools.

In one respect wisdom is like grace. We don’t deserve
it and we didn’t earn it, God simply gives it to us if we
will listen and seek it out. Look at v.17b “and those
who diligently seek me will find me.”

Biblical wisdom is more about obedience than
intelligence. Even fools can gain wisdom.

Let’s turn our attention to the next few verses:

Proverbs 8:6-11

Here we see
The Value of Wisdom
In the world’s economy things that are widely
accessible are not as valuable as things that are in
short supply. Take gas for example, when we have
shortages of gas the price goes up.
But in God’s economy things work differently.

Just because wisdom is accessible to all doesn’t
devalue it. God’s wisdom is truly valuable.
Notice how Solomon describes it.
He will speak noble things.
His lips will reveal right things.
His mouth will utter truth.

To emphasize the value of wisdom Solomon calls it
better than silver, gold and jewels.
The price for Silver was $23.71/ounce
The price of Gold was $1780/ounce
You can get a 1 Carat diamond ring starting at around
$2000 and depending on the quality can spend
upwards of $10,000.

But all of those things pale in comparison to the value
of wisdom.
Notice the last part of v.11 “and all desirable things
cannot compare with her.”

When we understand the value of wisdom we will
seek after it with all of our heart.

Proverbs 8:12-16

The Prudence of Wisdom
Notice here wisdom is speaking.
I, wisdom, dwell with prudence.
Prudence can sometimes mean craftiness which
obviously has negative connotations, but in Proverbs
prudence means “sensible behavior”.
Discretion can mean evil plans, but in Proverbs it
means “careful behavior that arises from clear
thinking.” NAC Garrett.

Wisdom guards against evil, pride, and arrogance
Wisdom helps us stay away from the things that
separate man from God.
Not only actions but attitudes.

Wisdom guides man’s way
Those who attain wisdom have:
Counsel, sound wisdom, understanding and power.
Wisdom helps us in our decision making process.
Wisdom is like the bumpers in the gutters of the
bowling alley. They keep us out of trouble and guide
us down the straight path.

Wisdom governs wisely
Solomon mentions kings, rulers, princes and nobles,
having wisdom to rule. Those who have wisdom rule
rightly.

There are some in these positions that don’t have
wisdom and God allows it. It’s easy to tell the
difference between those who have wisdom and those
who don’t.
Solomon asked God for wisdom so he could rule
wisely.
My favorite Solomon story is in I Kings 3 where two
women who had babies and one of the babies died.
They both said the living baby was theirs. Solomon
requested a sword in order to cut the baby in half.
The true mother didn’t want anything to happen to
the baby and was willing to give it up so it could live.
Solomon ruled wisely because he attained wisdom
from God.

Proverbs 8:17-21

The Rewards of Wisdom
This section starts off with wisdom speaking again.
Wisdom loves those who love her.
Those who seek wisdom diligently will find her.
That’s great, but it’s not the only benefit of wisdom.
Earlier we saw the value of wisdom. It’s worth more
than precious jewels, silver and gold.
But those who attain wisdom will also receive a
twofold blessing.

The details are found in v.18 “Riches and honor are
with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.”

The wise will be blessed financially.
Riches and wealth will come to those who are wise.
Those who are wise with their money hold on to it
because they don’t make stupid decisions with it.
The wise will live righteously.
Not only that, but also honor and righteousness will
belong to the wise.
Wise men/women live in a manner that honors God.
Their lifestyle honors the Lord.

Solomon attained wisdom and was granted much
more than wisdom. He was given great riches, horses
and chariots. 2 Chronicles 9 tells of all the riches he
was given each year. Tons and tons of gold was given
to him. God not only blessed him with wisdom, He
blessed him with wealth unimaginable.

We are talking about wisdom not greed.
Some people like money and possession so much they
tend to take Scripture out of context.
Wisdom is not a get rich quick scheme. God knows
our heart. If we ask for wisdom so we can get money
to spend on our own pleasure, God is aware of our
motives. He won’t be fooled.

Proverbs 4:5

“Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do
not forget nor turn away from the words of my
mouth.”

APPLICATION

A worldview is a collection of attitudes, values, stories
and expectations about the world around us, which
inform our every thought and action.

What shapes your every thought and action?

As Christians we should be influenced by the Holy
Spirit and the Bible should be our guide for how we
ought to live.

It’s easy to slip into a worldly worldview.

Let’s follow Solomon’s advice and seek wisdom.
It’s accessible to us and useful and rewarding when
we attain it.

Let Wisdom Permeate our Lives
We all have people in our lives we admire and view as
wise. Ask them to mentor you and share wisdom with
you. Invite them over for dinner or Sunday lunch.

Wisdom is there for us to gain, we have to seek after
it diligently and we will find it.
The question is do you want it?