Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7)
Today's Morsel: I'm sure you've heard the saying, "I know you think you heard what I said, but I'm not sure that you understood what I meant." This happens in school alot. Students think they understand what the teacher required of them to do, only to receive their papers back with a failing mark and they wonder what they did wrong. Solomon said that wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom. But then he tells us to ensure that we get understanding to go along with it. Paul tells us to, "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man" (Colossians 4:5-6). Jesus said that we are to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16). We need to have wisdom in our lives. But wisdom does you no good without an understanding. Wisdom is like buying a shelf that isn't put together. You see the picture on the outside of the box, but you read the instructions on how to assemble it or it may not look the same as it does on the box when you finish assembling it if you don't understand the assembly instructions. Where do you get wisdom from? Solomon said, "For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly" (Proverbs 2:6-7). We get it from the Lord. The apostle Paul identifies "a word wisdom" as a Gift of the Spirit ( 1Corintians 12:8), meaning it comes from God. When we put wisdom and understanding together in our lives, then we understand what we must be, know, and do.
Sing: Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus daily let me go; higher, higher in the school of wisdom, more of grace to know.
O' deeper yet, I pray, and higher every day, and wiser, blessed Lord, in Thy precious holy word.