Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Wisdom ~ a Tree of Life

Happy is the man who finds wisdom
  And the man who gains understanding;
For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
  And her gain than fine gold.
She is more precious than rubies,
  And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
Length of days is in her right hand,
  In her left hand riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
  And all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
  And happy are all who retain her.
(Proverbs 3:13-18)
Wisdom is a tree of life. It comes from God and brings all the things that many people are looking for: long life, happiness, peace, honor and riches. But wisdom is not automatic, you must engage it. For, as another proverb says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2).
  • You must search out wisdom until you find it.
  • You must seize upon it with everything you have and establish it in your heart.
  • Out of the treasure of wisdom in your heart, you must bring forth understanding into your life.
  • Then wisdom will yield its reward and you will reap a rich harvest from the tree of life.
The wisdom of God is a tree of life to all who find, keep and walk in it. If you need wisdom, ask God and He will freely give it to you — no questions asked (James 1:5-6).