When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
Do you desire success and safety in life? Here are the conditions for them! If you choose to love the wisdom of God, and if you choose to appreciate knowledge as a precious gift, then certain and substantial blessings will surely follow. But if you are not willing to meet these conditions, your life will be a dysfunctional and painful experience.
What are the certain and substantial blessings that follow wisdom and knowledge? They include discretion and understanding (Pr 2:11). They include deliverance from the lifestyle and severe punishment of wicked men (Pr 2:12-15,20-22). They include deliverance from the seduction and painful results of whorish women (Pr 2:16-22). These are great blessings!
What is wisdom? The power of right judgment - ability to perceive and grasp a situation to know what should be done to please God and men! Wisdom begins with the fear of God - the submissive reverence that seeks to please Him in all things (Pr 9:10). The details of wisdom are God's commandments contained in the Bible (Ps 19:7-9; Eccl 12:13).
How does it enter into your heart? You choose to love it! You choose to make it a priority for your life by pursuing it sacrificially (Pr 18:1-2; Matt 6:21). Job valued God's words more important than his necessary food (Job 23:12). David counted wisdom more precious than much fine gold and more delightful than honey (Ps 19:10). David chose to set his heart on wisdom (Ps 119:97,103,111,162). Have you? You should (Col 3:16).
What is knowledge? It is the worldview detailed in the Bible - the separation of fact from fiction, truth from lies, in knowing reality and righteousness. Knowledge also begins with the fear of God (Pr 1:7), for the existence of God is the first fact and the first cause of all things (Gen 1:1; Rom 11:33-36). Men who reject the existence of God are unreasonable: they are profane and vain babblers, even if called scientists (II Thess 3:2; I Tim 6:20-21).
How does knowledge become pleasant to your soul? You choose to admire it as a precious and valuable thing. You cry for it to God (Pr 2:3; Ps 119:66); you crave instruction for it (Pr 12:1; 19:27; 21:11); and you use it with holy confidence (Pr 22:17-21; Job 36:1-4). When you choose to delight in knowledge, you will certainly be rewarded (Pr 24:13-14).
The greatest wisdom and knowledge in the universe are the mysteries revealed in the gospel (I Cor 2:6-16; I Tim 3:16). Here are secrets kept from men, but made manifest to His saints (Matt 13:35; Rom 16:25-27). Has this precious wisdom entered your heart? Is this special knowledge pleasant to your soul? It will bring the reward of eternal life!