Scripture –

Proverbs 8:35 – 36 – For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself, all who hate me love death.

Observation

Proverbs 8 is all about the blessings of wisdom.  We learn how precious wisdom is and to hear and receive instruction.  Verses 35-36 end the proverb by telling us wisdom is a life and death matter.   Seek and obtain wisdom and you will have life walking with the Lord.  To deny wisdom is to do yourself harm ultimately leading to death.

 

Application

Wisdom which comes from God and His word is our most precious possession and literally a matter of eternal consequences.  I have to fear the Lord and seek wisdom in his word to follow Jesus.  Wisdom is from God’s word and Jesus is the word.  To be proud and despise wisdom is self-destructive and leads to not submitting your life to Jesus and eternal death and separation from the Father. 1 John 5:12 says, “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

Prayer

Father,

Thank you for the truth in your word.  Let me seek wisdom to follow you and have life with you.  Have the Spirit give me the right thing things to do and say to glorify you.