As I study the book of Proverbs I realize just how short of wisdom I really am. That is why I so trust the grace of our Savior Jesus Christ. He is the real Giver and Teacher of wisdom. If wisdom could be Personified it would be in Jesus the Christ Son of God, God the Son.
“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: He is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of His saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.” Proverbs 2:1-9 (KJV)
At least three times the word “If” is used. Meaning that wisdom is dependent upon us receiving it from the giver. It is dependent upon our desire for it. Or do we just want to live meaningless, ungodly, unenlightened, dark, doubting, fearful lives?
A father giving instruction to his son. That is so needed in every family. The first “If” is calling for the son to hear, and hide the father’s commandments in the life. Does the son have a burning desire for wisdom? “If thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding…” is an earnest desire, strong passion to have what the father is endeavoring to teach his son.
Then, there will be understanding of the “Fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God”.
For us to have wisdom begins with a great desire to have it. To have Godly wisdom begins with the desire to know God, and doing what God says, believing what He has said.
God sent His only begotten Son because of His great love for us, that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:15-18). Believe this and that will be the beginning of wisdom.