Reading through the Bible together
Oh, that all of us had a father like Solomon to counsel us and maneuver us through life’s wieldy course!
Solomon starts off his counsel to his son by eloquently stating why someone should aspire to wisdom: “For discipline, for understanding words of insight, for acquiring a prudent life, doing what is right, just, and fair, giving prudence to the simple, and for knowledge and discretion to the young.” Wouldn’t one automatically want such attributes? Yet, how does one begin to acquire them? “By fearing the Lord,” Solomon suggests, words packed with meaning and experience.
Solomon’s instruction for his son to listen to both his father’s and mother’s teaching, is beautifully illustrated as “a garland to grace his head, a chain to adorn his neck.” If only wisdom were so tangible and visible! We would probably avoid many pitfalls that often beset us.
I like the way Solomon personifies “Wisdom” in this chapter, and brings it to life through words and feelings. “Whoever listens to me will live in safety,” Wisdom says, “and be at ease without fear of harm.”
Fear the Lord today, let Him be your Wisdom and may you find safety in his presence.
Jackie Ordelheide Smith
General Conference Ministerial Association