6 ‘For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. 8 “He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.”
Proverbs 2:6-8 NLT
Verses 6 and 7 provided reasons to be confident when we seek wisdom and understanding from God. Those who do will find He has plenty of both to offer and will act as a “shield” of protection for us. This is related to the concept of living virtuously, which in ancient philosophy meant pursuing several vital traits.
Verse 8 concludes by giving additional examples of why we can be courageous in pursuing the wisdom of the Lord. The two words used in this verse which are translated as “guard, watch over, or preserve” are from the Hebrew root words natsar and shamar. These literally mean to keep a watchful guard over, or to keep protectively. If God calls us to be a light (Matthew 5:14), He will be the keeper of the lighthouse. If God calls us to be salt (Matthew 5:13), He will ensure the salt does not lose its flavour. No one can stand against God. If He is our keeper, we too can live courageously (Romans 8:31).
Wisdom—the proper application of knowledge—results, in justice, when we act as God wills; this requires both faith and courage, which ultimately only confidence in God can supply. ( https://www.bibleref.com)
As I grow older new insecurities develop. Deep down we all would like that protection from the world and its evils. Do you remember the time when you had the stability and security of your parents? Yes I know we all were not privileged enough to have that. I am sure you know what I mean.
I must just say this, the universe itself is not evil, it’s the choices man makes that is evil. It is the greater society that has caused all evil. It starts as far back as Adam and Eve.
Solomon says if we walk with integrity, honesty and are faithful to God, He God, will grant us wisdom and the treasure of common sense.
The danger, however, is that we should not base our decision on what we know. I was listening to a radio article this morning and commentator was talking about his father a Godly man. What struck him about his father is, it was easy for him to make decisions when faced with trials and tests of life, he did it by faith and not through his God-given knowledge.
As said, you grow older, and you start worrying about new things, who is going to look after me, where is my money going to come, what disease is going to attack me?
All I can say is, rely on God’s instruction early in life so that it can become a habit. Yes, that is first prize, but remember it never too late. It’s choice, and it’s yours to make.
Pay attention to these powerful words in scripture.
“Lord, I give thanks for Your word. Amen.”