Here we find wisdom speaking to us - calling out to us to learn and to live by wisdom. At this point in wisdom's statements, we see wisdom stating what is hers - that there are certain things that wisdom possesses and offers to those who will learn from her. Today let's take a look at four of these things.
COUNSEL - Wisdom says that counsel belongs to her. If we want godly counsel, we will have it if we learn wisdom. Counsel refers to a plan or advice. Here it would refer to godly counsel - or counsel that would help us to walk in the will of God. Want to please God in your life? Want to walk in this life in a way that honors and glorifies God? Then learn wisdom - because with wisdom - with seeing the world as God does comes counsel to do what is right.
SOUND WISDOM - This word means a wisdom that guarantees continuing success or continued advancement. When we learn from Wisdom, we will learn how to stay on the right path - recognizing what path it is God desires for us to walk upon - and thus we will have the truest measure of success - and that is knowing that we are pleasing and honoring God.
UNDERSTANDING - Wisdom next tells us that she is understanding. Wisdom helps us comprehend and discern the right kind of action and choices to make. It is the ability to take the raw data about God - the very rudimentary understanding of Who He is and what He likes and dislikes - and take it and begin to distinguish when sitautions pose different things to us. We know which way is in accordance with God's will and thus take it.
POWER - Wisdom also gives us power. The word here means might, power, and strength. It speaks of God's strength and power. Wisdom has the blessing of placing us in a position that God will grant us His power. Thus as we endeavor to do things that glorify Him - we can know that they will succeed, not due to us and our great knowledge - but rather due to wisdom's promise of the power of God to accomplish what He desires.
These are definitely four things that every man desires. They are the fruits of wisdom - and of cultivating a lifestyle where we listen closely to God. That will not only bring blessing, but it will bring victory and joy to our hearts. May we embrace wisdom and enjoy this four-fold blessing that God promises to us.