So far we have talked about what wisdom is, why it is important and how to use it and live within it.
One theme throughout Proverbs that I hope you’ve picked up on is that of Wisdom’s Promises.
In Proverbs 9:10-12, it says”:
11 For through wisdom your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
We see this reference in many places throughout Proverbs: Proverbs 1:33 says, “but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” Proverbs 3:1-2 says, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.”
Many commentaries sited the phrase “Prolong your life” to mean everlasting eternity.
NOW, before someone sends me hate mail and tries to reference John 16:33, which says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” God does not say that our life will be easy. On the contrary, His Word says we will have trouble. It’s certain that we will go through hard times, loss, sickness and more.
I know what you are thinking, “Does the Bible contradict itself?” No, it is not saying in one verse that life will be easy and then in another that we will have trouble. John 16:33 was a direct quote from Jesus, so we can take that to the bank! The Proverbs quote about living in safety and being at ease is about our attitude and outlook on life.
To quote one commentary that said it best: “the possession of a truly religious character (having wisdom – meaning full subjection of one’s self to Jesus Christ) does not in its own nature exempt an individual from the calamities of life, it does what is, on the whole, far more effectual and more elevating to his character–it enables him to bear them.” [Emphasis mine] Click here for full reference.
Isn’t that beautiful! Wisdom enables us to bear our troubles. Even in times of trouble we can have a reassurance that God is with us and no matter what the devil throws at us, we can know that Jesus has already defeated him. *Need some practical ways to resist the devil? Read my post from yesterday here.
How do you remind yourself that Jesus has already overcome the world? Are you seeking wisdom so you can bear your troubles? Please share in the comments below!