Many people chase the wind.
They work hard to prove their worth. They strive to make a name for themselves. They take extensive measures to make a fortune.
And then when life gets hard, when calamity comes, or when their time is up, they are plagued with restlessness, gripped with fear, and filled with regret.
Far too many people live by the standards of other people and die by the disapproval of other people.
In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon (who also wrote the first 29 chapters of Proverbs or “the book of wisdom”) talks about how everything in life — pleasure, promotion, work, wealth, and even wisdom — is meaningless, for a common destiny called death awaits all.
“Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
In Proverbs 28:26, Solomon straightforwardly and sternly says: “those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.”
But wait, didn’t he say that wisdom, too, was meaningless?
Truth be told, human wisdom is folly in God’s eyes.
“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.” – Proverbs 21:30
But the “wisdom that comes from heaven” – the heavenly wisdom that comes from our Father above – is what keeps us on the narrow path that leads to eternal life.
In Proverbs 12:23, we are told that the one who fears the Lord “rests content, untouched by trouble.” ➸ While wisdom does not eliminate trouble, it conquers it upon confrontation.
Perfect peace in the midst of trouble is the true fruit of wisdom.
So if wisdom has both earthly and eternal benefits…
why chase the wind when you can chase the wisdom?
WHO | By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place. (Proverbs 3:19)
WHAT | But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17) | The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
WHERE | [Only] God understands the way to it and He alone knows where it dwells, for He views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. (Job 28:23-24)
WHEN | The LORD brought me forth as the first of His works, before the deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. (Proverbs 8:22-23)
WHY | Blessed are those who find wisdom… for it yields patience (Proverbs 19:11) and brings peace, prosperity, prudence, perception, and prolonged life. (Proverbs 3:13-18; paraphrased) | Know that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 24:14)
HOW | The beginning of wisdom is this: GET WISDOM. Though it costs all you have, get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7) | 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. (James 1:5)