Proverbs 9 provides a crossroads for the reader. This Chapter is the end of the first part of Proverbs- an introductory section for the rest of the book. Wisdom sets a table before us, inviting us to a life of blessing. Folly sets a trap, inviting us to a life of curses. Solomon calls us to choose the life of wisdom, reminding us that such a decision must be guided by the fear of the Lord; reverential awe of God. Which path will you choose?
In Proverbs 8 wisdom is once again personified as a woman (Just like Chapter 1). But instead of strong warnings against rejecting her, Lady Wisdom here draws the reader in with the rich rewards of pursuing wisdom. The pursuit of God, the source of all wisdom and blessing, is not a dry or lifeless endeavor. The blessing of wisdom is far more valuable than all the riches this world has to offer. Proverbs 8 serves to stir our affections for God and all he has to offer those who seek wisdom in him.
Nestled in the middle of warnings against sexual immorality we find Proverbs 6:1-19. Here Solomon addresses a number of every-day situations that require God’s wisdom and guidance. We once again see that God desires to graciously guide his children through the way of wisdom every area of our lives including financial decisions, the wise use of our time for honorable work, relationships with others, and the use of our words.
Even as we pursue godly wisdom we are faced with endless unknowns. What will tomorrow bring? Will our plans turn out the way we expect? What happens when they don't? Such questions can reveal the anxiety of our hearts. It's here where Proverbs tells us to trust not in ourselves but in The LORD who makes our paths straight.
In Proverbs 2:1-22 we see that the result of finding wisdom is a righteous life of obedience before God and others. Wisdom and the right knowledge of God affect every area of our lives; from the depth of our heart and soul (v.10) to the way we walk the path of life (v.9). And as we walk the path of wisdom God, the source of wisdom, guards and protects.
In Proverbs 1:20-33 Wisdom is personified as a woman who cries out to the foolish who hear the truth but neglect obedience. The cry of wisdom shows the compassion and patience of God for those who are foolish. But that patience is not limitless. This passage serves as a warning not to neglect the pursuit of wisdom. If so, the realization of God’s wisdom may not come until it is too late.