“Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor.” Proverbs 3:16
The book of Proverbs is filled with verses on wisdom and that is what our verse today is about. There is knowledge, common sense, and wisdom. The first two you can gain on your own, but the last, at least as far as godly wisdom, can only come from God. So what’s the difference between man’s wisdom and God’s, and how can you tell them apart. When making decisions, compare your thinking to God’s law, the ten commandments are a good place to start. I always like to use the rule of thumb, WWJD, What Would Jesus Do.
Our verse today tells us if we seek God’s wisdom we will have a long life as well as riches and honor. Now don’t immediately see dollars signs flashing in front of your eyes when talking about riches. If you’re in good health and all your needs are met, you are truly rich. Just think about all those fighting horrible illnesses, being in misery and spending hundreds or thousands of dollars to get better. As far as honor, the only approval I seek is from my Lord, if others give me compliments I try to lay it at His feet.
There are many more benefits that Proverbs tells us about wisdom. Of course the emphasis is on seeking God’s wisdom. Remember Proverbs 3:5 & 6 (Amplified version) “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”