“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.” (Proverbs 4:7,8 NIV)
When we look at the “wisdom” discussed in Proverbs, we sometimes miss the fact that we cannot seek true wisdom, unless we seek it from God. “If any lack wisdom, ask of God who will give it” (paraphrased). Seeking wisdom from any source other than God is foolishness for man does not have the capacity to distribute the wisdom God has.
Once we have sought God for wisdom, now we must seek understanding–no matter what the cost may be. The cost here is not necessarily a monetary cost, but a cost in humility, service, and constant communication with God. Are we willing to pay the cost to stay before the Father, no matter how foolish people say we are? Or will we succumb to the masses and man’s limited wisdom and attempt to please man more than God?
In this life we all have choices and our victory over all that is put before will be determined by the wisdom of our choices. Will we succeed or will be defeated?
Get wisdom and understanding and develop a willingness to pay the cost–even though you may appear foolish, determine to be a fool for God and not for man.