BCL Grow: Wisdom Is Life — Proverbs 4:18-22
Proverbs 4:18-22 (Revelation)
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know over what they stumble,
My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their flesh. — Proverbs 4:18-22
“The offering of life is a gift, because Wisdom herself is a gift of God (Prov 2:16). Paradoxically, however, wisdom cannot be attained without human endeavor. The need for discipline and obedience to the teachings is also asserted. Wisdom has at least two faces in this book: she calls (chaps. 1-9), but humans must respond (chaps. 10-31).” — Roland Murphy, The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature, p. 29.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: How often do you mediate on and strive to practice God’s wisdom that he graciously gives?
2. Remember: Wisdom is often described as light and life. Wickedness and evil are darkness and death. God calls us to search for wisdom and to practice the discipline of learning by striving for understanding and insight into the ways of this fallen world. In the wisdom of God there is light like the dawning of day illuminating a straight and even path. But evil and foolishness are like stumbling in the dark, being unaware of what is happening.
3. Rejoice: Be grateful knowing that God has revealed true wisdom—his wisdom for you. Meditate on it by spending time reflecting and learning from it how you are to put into practice what he teaches. Rejoice that God is generous with his wisdom—a true gift to your heart and your mind.
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