I will start right off with a disclaimer: You may not see the full meaning of this post until the end. Now don’t go looking to the bottom…be patient.

Let us begin in Proverbs 2:

Proverbs 2Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Pursuit of Wisdom Brings Security

My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,

So that your ear is attentive to [skillful and godly] wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding [seeking it conscientiously and striving for it eagerly];

Yes, if you cry out for insight,
And lift up your voice for understanding;

If you seek skillful and godly wisdom as you would silver
And search for her as you would hidden treasures;

Then you will understand the [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome]
And discover the knowledge of God.

We can list out the things that God is giving us that lead to attaining his “Security”.


2. Understanding

3. Insight

4. Fear of the Lord

5. Knowledge

You have heard it said or read in your bible that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”

What we are ultimately pursuing is wisdom but there are stepping stones to that wisdom.

Imagine if you will flattened stones with these words you see on them. The first you see is “Fear of the LORD.” When we step out in faith we often are amazed at the awesomeness of our God. We learn to respect his guidance.

Let’s continue:

For the Lord gives [skillful and godly] wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

He stores away sound wisdom for the righteous [those who are in right standing with Him];
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity [those of honorable character and moral courage],

He guards the paths of justice;
And He preserves the way of His saints (believers).

Then you will understand righteousness and justice [in every circumstance]
And integrity and every good path.
For [skillful and godly] wisdom will enter your heart
And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

We continue listing what it is that God is giving us:

6. God gives godly, sound wisdom

7. Righteousness

8. Obedience

9. Integrity

10. Honorable Character

11. Moral Courage

12. Fortitude

13. Justice

14. Faith

All of these gifts come from walking in the Spirit the path set out before us. “He preserves the way of His saints.” Remember Jesus said, “I am the Way”.

Let us continue:

Discretion will watch over you,
Understanding and discernment will guard you,
To keep you from the way of evil and the evil man,
From the man who speaks perverse things;
From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
Who find joy in doing evil
And delight in the perversity of evil,
Whose paths are crooked,
And who are devious in their ways;
To keep you from the immoral woman;
From the seductress with her flattering words,
Who leaves the companion (husband) of her youth,
And forgets the covenant of her God.
For her house leads down to death
And her paths lead to the dead;
None who go to her return again,
Nor do they regain the paths of life—
So you will walk in the way of good men [that is, those of personal integrity, moral courage and honorable character],
And keep to the paths of the righteous.

We continue our list of God’s gifts:

15. Discretion

16. Discernment

17. Guarded

God’s way is called the straight and narrow. We are called to “follow Him.” Remember our prayer, “Lead me in the way everlasting…”

And finally:

For the upright [those who are in right standing with God] will live in the land
And those [of integrity] who are blameless [in God’s sight] will remain in it;
But the wicked will be cut off from the land
And the treacherous shall be [forcibly] uprooted and removed from it.

18. Blameless

19. Land

20. Security

I hope you will heed the warning that the treacherous shall be forcibly uprooted and removed from the land. God keeps his promises. His word does not go away void. He and he alone is our Security, our LORD, and our Way.[King] emphasis mine.