Proverbs 8: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Mediation for the Day

Ben Peddicord

Proverbs 8:13

As we continue to study Proverbs and are gaining an understanding of true biblical wisdom, we find a persistent plea from a father to his sons to seek wisdom and the goodness that follows it. In this chapter, wisdom is personified and the “virtues of wisdom” are broken down into all that is right, true, righteous and excellent. We are given the benefits of wisdom and the result of following wisdom and seeking truth. Verses 35 and 36 sum up this passage by clarifying that finding wisdom leads to life, and hating wisdom leads to death.

It is important to note that as we read this, the author is not speaking of the “wisdom” of the world but true biblical wisdom which comes from the Lord. The verse that stands out to remind us of this is verse 13 where it states, “the fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.” John MacArthur notes on this that “wisdom hates what God hates. The highest virtue is humility (submission to God), and thus wisdom hates pride and self exaltation above all.” We see this reminder of biblical wisdom versus worldly wisdom in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. As you read that passage, you see Paul pointing out that worldly wisdom is nothing compared to the wisdom of the Lord. More importantly, Paul reaffirms that Christ is the power and wisdom of God.

It can be easy and dangerous for us to be swayed by what seems to be wisdom in this world. There are many who offer wisdom or even opportunity that would look beneficial to us. How can you discern what is biblical wisdom versus worldly? (Prov. 8:6-8, 8:13, 1:7) In what ways do you guard yourself against worldly wisdom? In what ways are you growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ?

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