Right now Larry and I have just started our "Proverbs: Wisdom Keys for Living" series on Wednesday nights. I'm encouraging the church, as I have many times before, about reading the chapter of Proverbs that coincides with the day of the week. This is a great habit to get into. You always know what Proverb you are supposed to be reading each day - you need no bookmark.
Here in this passage as with many others, we notice that wisdom is always referred to as "she". Last night someone raised a hand as I was teaching and asked, "why is wisdom always referred to as she?" As I often do, I turned the question right back to the people and said, "okay somebody, why do you think?" Even Dr. Watson said, "I have no idea!"
Then Larry said, "Truthfully, my guess is that Solomon decided to refer to wisdom a "she" so he wouldn't have to be nagged by all his 600 wives!" That brought hysterical laughter from those in attendance. Then Pastor T redeemed the day by raising his hand and saying, "Wisdom is called she because wisdom is a GOOD THING." I said, "Aw T...and Misty wasn't even in the sanctuary for you to get the bonus points for that one!!!" (Again, insert hysterical laughter here.)
There are some things I don't know about Proverbs, as many times as I've read them. But this I do know. Solomon wrote them as a priceless treasure to be found. The treasure contains all the advice we would ever need for here and now in this life, to be effective. Advice about marriage, parenting, relationships, money, you name it, it's all there.
To not pursue wisdom is foolish. To not want to listen to those who have more experience and impart their wisdom to you is foolish. The Bible says if you prize wisdom, she will make you great! The Bible is our foundation for wisdom - our rule book for living. But then God gives people, who are ordained to speak into our lives.
I want to be great. That's why I don't want to shirk wisdom. Just yesterday I was able to get a mentor's wisdom and I took it in as pure gold. I don't care if I'm 80 years old - I'll find a mentor who is 81! I believe in it that much.