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The Blessings of Sound Wisdom

"He layeth up Sound Wisdom for the righteous."
(Proverbs 2:7)

by Katie Stewart


hen the righteous plead with the LORD, "Order my steps in Thy Word" (Psalm 119:133), they become stewards of the "Sound Wisdom" the LORD has treasured-up for them. His Word becomes their Staple in life. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). His Counsel becomes their only Guide in a humanistic world. "Thou shalt guide me with Thy Counsel, and afterward receive me to glory" (Psalm 73:24). His Wisdom proves that "the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness" (1Corinthians 3:19).

I wouldn't trade the security and safety there is in Christ Jesus for all the health benefits and promises of all the insurance companies in the world, because
"safety is of the LORD" (Proverbs 21:31). I wouldn't trade the One Who is called "The Health Of My Countenance, and My God" (Psalm 43:5), for all the medicines and health techniques, whether "time-honored" or "state of the art", before which this world wishes me to bow. I wouldn't trade away all the deep riches inherited in the Person of my LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ, "riches of the full assurance of Understanding, to the acknowledgment of the Mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ" (Colossians 2:2), for the opportunity to inherit all the so-called "wisdom" of all the universities the world over. I wouldn't trade "His Secret" that "is with the righteous" (Proverbs 3:32), for all the sought-after secrets with which this world can entice. "Yea doubtless, and I count ALL THINGS but loss for the Excellency of the Knowledge of Christ Jesus my LORD: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ." (Philippians 3:8).

The righteous (that is, the ones who fit His description of righteousness, e.g., "if ye keep My Commandments, ye shall abide in My Love" [John 15:10]-- Topical Links on Sound Doctrine ---New Window) will heed His exhortation and reap the blessings of a life directed by His Wisdom. "My son, let not them ["Wisdom... Understanding... Knowledge" (Proverbs 3:19-20)] depart from thine eyes: keep Sound Wisdom and Discretion: so shall they be Life unto thy soul, and Grace to thy neck" (Proverbs 3:21-22).

The Wisdom of the LORD's Proverbs: Commands Lovingly Obeyed Reap Rewards

From the Book of Proverbs--

The Precious Wisdom of the LORD Blesses Our Way To Heaven with Riches to Cast at His Feet

The path to Heaven is paved with God's Wisdom,
"because strait is the gate, and narrow is The Way, which leadeth unto Life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:14). Like Pilgrim found out, in John Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress" ---New Window, when we lose our "scroll" which is the Counsel of His Word, we "therefore which believe He is Precious" (1Peter 2:7), grieve our Precious LORD. Upon repentance, we must then backtrack to regain that which we lost, and long again for "the Word of the LORD [that] was Precious in those days" (1Samuel 3:1). "How Precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!" (Psalm 139:17). Only then can we walk again in His Wisdom. Only then will our Walk be blessed with Understanding and Discretion to avoid the pitfalls and "sloughs" that threaten our progress.

Follow Christ Jesus as our Example,
"for even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an Example, that ye should FOLLOW HIS STEPS" (1Peter 2:21). Strengthened and cleansed "with the Precious Blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot" (1Peter 1:19), we "ought [ourselves] also so to walk, even as He walked" (1John 2:6). And if it means we must walk in this life "halt or maimed" before entering Heaven, then so be it. "Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee [or cause you to sin], cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire... For it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell" (Matthew 18:8; 5:30).

The Precious Wisdom of our Precious LORD instructs us to "lay up for yourselves Treasures in Heaven". "19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon Earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves Treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:19-21). The Word of God teaches us that "The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it" (Proverbs 10:22). These riches, or "Treasures" are not merely monetary, nor are they merely material. "Blessings of the LORD" do surely give our physical bodies warmth, comfort, and satisfaction; but the "True Riches" which bless us deep to our souls are the "Exceeding Riches of His Grace" found only in Christ Jesus.

"True Riches"--

1. follow us to Heaven,
("Blessed are the dead which die in the LORD from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them" [Revelation 14:13]),

2. and are the
"gold, silver, [and] precious stones"
("For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this Foundation gold, silver, precious stones... If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a Reward" [1Corinthians 3:11-12,14]),

3. that come with The Reward we so joyfully cast at our Saviour's feet.
("The four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the Throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the Throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O LORD, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created" (Revelation 4:10-11).

We desire the "Greater Riches" that Moses desired because of The Reward our Saviour so richly deserves. "Esteeming the reproach of Christ Greater Riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he [Moses] had respect unto the recompense of The Reward" (Hebrews 11:26).


et the Full Strength of the Word of God be the Full Counsel that guides your life of faith and trust in Him. His Wisdom will be your blessing. Think His Thoughts. Walk His Ways. Fulfill His Will as if it were your own.
"Thy Will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven" (Matthew 6:10). Don't limit God with hindrances of your own making. "Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel" (Psalm 78:41). Live by His Wisdom and He will "open you the windows of Heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Malachi 3:10).

"Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you" (2Corinthians 13:11).


Katie Stewart

God Above Human Philosophy
by C. H. Spurgeon
"For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent"
(1 Corinthians 1:19).

"This verse is a threatening so far as the worldly wise are concerned, but to the simple believer it is a promise. The professedly learned are forever trying to bring to nothing the faith of the humble believer, but they fail in their attempts. Their arguments break down, their theories fall under their own weight, their deep-laid plots discover themselves before their purpose is accomplished. The old gospel is not extinct yet, nor will it be while the LORD liveth. If it could have been exterminated, it would have perished from off the earth long ago.

We cannot destroy the wisdom of the wise, nor need we attempt it, for the work is in far better hands. The LORD Himself says,
'I will,' and He never resolves in vain. Twice does He in this verse declare His purpose, and we may rest assured that He will not turn aside from it.

What clean work the LORD makes of philosophy and 'modern thought' when He puts His hand to it! He brings the fine appearance down to nothing; He utterly destroys the wood, hay, and stubble. It is written that so it shall be, and so shall it be. LORD, make short work of it. Amen, and amen."

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