Proverbs 8: King James Bible
Understand Wisdom – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eight, Verses 4-5
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. 5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Understand Wisdom
Is there any question who the Lord is talking to here? Everyone! Yes the Father hates foolishness, and the simple, typically go right along with the world’s narrative as it relates to what they should believe, instead of following the Father.
But these verses reinforce, the desire of the Lord to reach all who can hear. And I believe that he puts emphasis on the simple and the fools. We’re going to see that in abundance in the chapters ahead.
Why? Because he cares about even the most foolish of fools. Knowing that the Lord doesn’t do things for no reason, we can assume that if he’s addressing those who are either “simple” or “fools,” in a Biblical sense, there’s hope for them.
The wording is special here. Instead of the Lord talking about obtaining and cherishing wisdom and understanding, he’s telling us to understand wisdom. This would include, but is not limited to:
- Being able to discern between the wisdom of God and the wisdom of men
- Discerning the differences between wise decisions and unwise decisions
- The ability to weigh out wise council vs unwise council
Though the three seem the same, they do differ. The first relies on a working knowledge of the Word of God. The second relies on our day to day application of what the Lord considers wise. The third is our ability to recognize the Lord’s wisdom in council from just about any outside source.
If we have a deficit in understanding what wisdom is in the first place, we’re susceptible to all kinds of bad decisions, bad advice, and bad results. There’s another element I’d like to address concerning these verses.
As we spoke about in the previous devotional called,”Wisdom Cries Out,” this chapter is detailing activities of the Holy Ghost. Looking at the spiritual implications of these verses, there is another message being relayed.
As they relate to the Holy Ghost, they are saying for us to understand wisdom (which is always associated with the Holy Ghost), with an understanding heart. Understand the Holy Ghost, and don’t forget about him. He is one third of the Godhead, and is very busy across the earth.
It’s only right that we do our best to understand the Spirit of the Living God, and in doing so, we know what he will, and more importantly, won’t do.
Related New Testament Scripture
Acts 6: King James Bible
10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
1 Corinthians 12: King James Bible
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
Ephesians 1: King James Bible
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
It’s easily understood that you want for us to be wise in your ways, and to seek out all of the wisdom that you’ll part with, and that this is one of the gifts of the Holy Ghost. But what might not be so easily understood is wisdom itself. If we need to better understand wisdom itself, please increase us in this area. In the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever thought about what it means to understand wisdom?