Joyful are those who listen to me,
watching for me daily at my gates,
watching for me outside my home!
For whoever finds me finds life
and receives favor from the Lord.
But those who miss me injure themselves.
All who hate me love death.
Two things: Either you find wisdom and life + favor. Or you don’t, ending up injured. Sounds unfair? I think the this verse sheds more light to it:
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23)
It seems and I believe that it is true that there are only two roads in this life my friend, and there are only two loves to choose from: wisdom and foolishness, life and death. And you will give everything you’ve got seeking one or the other. To stay in the middle, to be carried by the waves, would be foolishness still.
Thus the last verse says, “all who hate me love death.”
Wisdom is more precious than anything you’ll ever desire. Read Proverbs, or even just Proverbs 1-8. But it (or she) is something you have to seek, watch out for, and wait for. In short, DESIRE wisdom lest you will NOT have her.
Being the intelligent creation that you are, given all your abilities and time, what would keep you from seeking wisdom from the Word of God? Perhaps, we all tend to fall into foolishness sometimes, neglecting that the only path to life is the path that God teaches us in His Word. But wisdom reminds us and calls to us every now and then (Proverbs 9). Do remember though, that during days when you don’t hear her, it is your responsibility to FIND her. Lest you will get injured. You can’t blame others when you get hit by a car for recklessly crossing the street right? Therefore if lack of wisdom will cause you your life (verse 36), it is simply foolishness to boast that you can get by without first waiting for her to speak.
Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Photo credit to Kalou-Kakou.