Exalt her (wisdom), and she (wisdom) will promote you; She (wisdom) will bring you honor, when you embrace her (wisdom). Proverbs 4:8
Have you ever wanted a promotion? Maybe at work, a position of authority or social standing of some kind? Today’s verse teaches that promotion is found in the wisdom of God. Proverbs says promotion is found in pursuing wisdom, not in your connections, not in your education and not in kissing up to the boss. The way to promotion is simply going after God’s wisdom and keeping your sights on it. A pursuit of wisdom rather than the promotions is where success is found.
A couple of examples of wisdom bringing promotion in the bible that come to my mind are Joseph and Daniel. Joseph never sought out promotion, though it followed him wherever he went. He did, however, have a good attitude despite all the negative circumstances surrounding him. He simple maintained his core beliefs and displayed them through his attitude. Even though at one point, he was put into prison for not caving under the pressure of his outward circumstance, he just continued displaying the wisdom of God. Through his consistent posture of wisdom, he was promoted into the top leader of the entire country.
Daniel also had plenty of opportunities for a bad attitude, but he chose to walk in wisdom by holding to the things that had been put in his heart at a very young age, the wisdom of God. He was taken away from his home into captivity as a young man and more than likely the rest of his family was slaughtered in the siege of Jerusalem. As soon as he was in his new living quarters, he immediately had the favor with those in charge. So much so that he was given an audience with the king when the command was given to kill all the wise men and advisors. Daniel prayed in chapter 2 and thanked God for giving him wisdom. (Daniel 2:23) “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king’s demand.” Daniel also pursued wisdom continually and was promoted to the top of the country. Second only to the king.
Lastly, James 4:10 says, Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. Humility is one of the attitudes of wisdom that was discussed yesterday. When you humble yourself to the wisdom of God, He will promote you and lift you up.
Today I want to encourage you to pursues wisdom. Look to the wisdom of God to take you through everything you come up against in life. Verse 23 of this chapter in Proverbs tells us that all the issues of life are within our heart so we should keep our heart with the wisdom of God! Take on the attitudes and heart that wisdom exhibits. Study them, pursue them and the favor of God and people will follow you all of your days of wisdom.
Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 4