Which is better? To get understanding? Or lots of money?
OK…today’s post is just for the men. So, you females stop reading and listening. It’s not about you…it’ll be good for you, too, but it’s not for you today. I’ll give you a minute to leave the room. Ok…are they gone, guys? Good. Let’s get started. Have you ever read this passage in Proverbs? “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you“? Well, even if you’ve never read it before, you’ve read it now, and I’d like to twist it around a little.
In that passage, the author is using feminine pronouns to describe wisdom and understanding. But let’s separate getting wisdom and understanding from the rest, for now, and let’s take the rest and say it’s describing your wife or girlfriend. It’s important to do your best to understand her because it can make all the difference in how your day goes…or even your life.
Do you exalt your wife or girlfriend? That means to hold in high regard or to lift her up. Do you do that? I hope so, because according to God, if you do, she’ll promote you. In other words she’ll speak well of you to others. Do you embrace your wife or girlfriend? And we’re not talking about only the passionate embraces of physical connection. I mean a loving hug just because she’s near. Do you do that? I hope so because according to God, if you do, she will bring you honor. In other words, she’ll be yours in a way that speaks highly of your character. God’s word also says she’ll give you grace and glory. Not a bad exchange for a little embrace, wouldn’t you agree?
I know it’s not an accident that the author of Proverbs 4:7-8 used a feminine pronoun for wisdom and understanding. After all, God designed women with a natural capacity for understanding. And the female form is much more beautiful in grace and glory than us guys. So God was sharing a lesson about wisdom and understanding in a way we could relate to physically. We can actually wrap our minds around the idea because it takes the form of a “she”.
So get wisdom, and with all your might get understanding…especially when it comes to your wife or girlfriend. Keep in mind that you will never feel what she feels. But trust God to help you understand her. God made men AND women. He knows what works best, and if He says wisdom is the principal thing, it must be extremely important. With wisdom you can get an ornament of grace or a crown of glory on your head. Without wisdom it might be a hammer. Which one do you expect today?