“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD is the maker of them all.
Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of anger will fail.
Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor.
Do not rob the poor because they are poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate; for the LORD pleads their cause and despoils of life those who despoil them.” ( Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23)
If last week we had the Song of Solomon, this week we have the wisdom of Solomon. Or at least wisdom like Solomon’s that was gathered into one collection. It has always seem to me that the proverb passages have wisdom and guidance that you just cannot disagree with. And it is not book-learning wisdom, but wisdom as to how to get along in life. And live in peace and harmony with creation and humanity.
But the book of Proverbs is not the only place to find wisdom. I have found the book of Isaiah to be a comfort and good source of guidance.
“Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.” (Isaiah 35:4-7a)
If you say this is not wisdom but “merely” good advice to trust in the Lord God and the Divine, then you have missed the essence of wisdom. It is not to be intelligent or have book learning. It is not to know facts and figures, and figure out complex science and technology. Wisdom is to trust in God, and to let Jesus Christ’s example lead you through life in this world. And to lead you into the world to come. All other wisdom is secondary to this.
Yes, we like to be smart and have intellect. To figure problems and formulas, to have a IQ and the regard of other intellectuals. But true wisdom is to see all that extra and extraneous. May you, beloved reader, have enough “smarts” to know that the Divine is all you need. Selah!