[Papercut Press Publishing] 1998-02-24 - The Pleasure of Wisdom

Proverbs 24:13, 14 My son, eat honey, for it is good, yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste; know wisdom is thus for your soul; if you find, then there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

We are here exhorted to study wisdom for two reasons:

  1. For Pleasure
  2. For Profit
For pleasure because it is good. Wisdom is likened to sweetness. Canaan was said to be the land that flowed with milk and honey, (Exodus 3:8, 17) and honey was a common food of the country, Isaiah 7:15, even for children. As the inhabitants in Canaan fed on honey, so we should feed on wisdom. No one who has tasted honey can be convinced that it is not sweet, so also no one who has tasted wisdom and experienced the power of truth and godliness will deny the satisfaction of the experience.

Wisdom will be profitable to you. Wisdom has a future. Wisdom builds a future like the house built upon the rocks instead of the sand (Matthew 7:24-27)

Wisdom is described variously in Scripture. It gives understanding concerning how to do things (Ecclesiastes 2:12,13), dexterity or skillfulness (Exodus 31:2-5), craftiness (Exodus 1:10), and sagacity (Job 39:17). There is also the wisdom of God (Ezra 7:25, 1 Cor. 1:21) spoken of in Scripture. However what is in mind in these verses, it seems, is the wisdom of godliness. This is where we seek know God's will and follow what is proper, shunning improper behavior, and study to perform our duty to God. This is known as the wisdom from above (James 1:17). How do we get this wisdom? There is no "fast track" to becoming wise. The only way I know is a steady, disciplined intake of God's word and prayer. Growth in wisdom requires a diligent pursuit of becoming wise.

"If..our wisdom has been acquired without any of that eagerness and painful diligence with which the covetous man desires and seeks for his riches, it is a shrewd conjecture that it is not of the genuine sort." Thomas Scott

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim