Wisdom calls out to all who will heed her counsel. “Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor (another word for blessing) from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”
That is pretty straightforward. If we choose to hate wisdom by going our own way, we hurt ourselves, and often those who care about us. One of the saddest things is the death of a relationship. God desires for our relationships to be restored and whole, including our relationship with Him. When we seek to live outside of God, the paths take us from full life and lead us to death. To live beyond the world’s wisdom, we need God’s wisdom. When we intentionally listen to instruction and actively apply it, we can live blessed. The Book of Proverbs is full of useful, relevant information that can guide us in God’s ways. We can be blessed physically, relationally, and spiritually. Healthy truths are not hidden from us, but are made available to us when we look. God wants our lives to succeed.