Incline thine ear and hear the words of wise men, Then thy heart wilt thou apply to my teaching…That in Yahweh may be thy trust I have made them known to thee to-day even to thee.” (Proverbs 22:17, 19, EMPH)

Solomon writes that his teaching and the words of men who are wise have a fundamental purpose and aim: That in Yahweh may be thy trust.

The pursuit of wisdom, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say, the pursuit of wisdom grounded in the fear of the Lord [which is true wisdom] has as its aim trust in the Lord himself.  As we grow in wisdom, as we understand the world around us and how to live in it rightly, then our trust in the Lord grows.

True wisdom then is intimately connected with trust in the Lord. We cannot have one without the other.  If we have trust in the Lord, then we are on the path to true and right wisdom, if we have true wisdom then by definition it will lead us to trust in the inventor of wisdom.

Here then, is why we pursue true wisdom, because it always leads us to God himself.

 

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