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Wisdom Loves Those Who See Her

Proverbs 8:17 (ESV) … “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.”

Solomon is telling us whom wisdom loves. Love is reciprocal. It is a two-way street. Those of us who seek after wisdom will always find wisdom seeking after us.

We do not have to wait until we are old to seek wisdom. The older we get, the more set in our ways we may become. The sooner we start looking for wisdom the better. Joseph, Samuel, David, Solomon, Josiah, and Daniel all sought wisdom early in life.[1]

So, wisdom loves and blesses those who love and seek her. They enjoy success in their vocations, in their families, with their finances, and in their relationships. Jesus loves and blesses those who seek him (John 14:21; Matt. 7:7–11). Because we are by nature wayward and would never seek him (Rom. 8:7–8), he draws us to himself, giving us new desire for wisdom (Jer. 31:3; Rom. 8:9–11; 1 John 4:19). Just as Wisdom offers great treasure to those who seek her, so Jesus makes all who come to him spiritually rich, at great cost to himself (2 Cor. 8:9; Matt. 6:19–20; Rev. 3:18). In him we have an imperishable heavenly inheritance (1 Peter 1:4–5).[2]

[1] Phillips, J. (2009). Exploring Proverbs 1–19: An Expository Commentary (Vol. 1, Pr 8:17–21). Kregel Publications; WORDsearch Corp.

[2] Newheiser, J. (2008). Opening up Proverbs (p. 90). Leominster: Day One Publications.


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