Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.
The Holy Bible : Today’s New International Version. 2005 (Pr 3:13–18). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
The ongoing theme of the book of Proverbs is the value of wisdom. Wisdom will make life easier and better than it would be without it; it is the road to as much peace and prosperity as it is possible to gain. It is also rare that people are willing to fully embrace her or to work hard to get her. Wisdom is more rare and harder to come by than most people realize. The beginning of it is the fear of God. James writes, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. Those who doubt should not think they will receive anything from the Lord; they are double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:5-8) If you lack wisdom, what are you? A fool. And what does Proverbs say about fools? That they are nearly beyond help. Why? Because they tend not to notice that they are fools. When you realize you lack wisdom, that’s the first step on the road to finding it.