Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get
There is a lot of conflicting information available today about what is good and/or bad for you in
terms of food, but only God knows what is best for each individual person. False information is
usually touted the loudest because of self-interest and greed on the part of the seller. Hosea 4:6a
says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge....” A little accurate knowledge applied in
this area can go a long way in terms of health and quality of life.
For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is,
that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
Wisdom is knowledge applied. The Scripture says wisdom gives life to them that have it. God
gave us His Word and His Holy Spirit by which we get the wisdom to maintain spiritual,
emotional, mental and physical health. If you’re born again, you have the extra privilege of
direct access to God, the source of all true wisdom. As you walk with God, if you need
additional information or clarifications of His Scriptures, all you have to do is ask and believe to
get the word of wisdom to know the right thing to do in every situation. When you apply that
information it will meet your need. Proverbs 9:11 says, “For by me (wisdom) thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.” When wisdom is personified in the Scripture, she calls to the simple “Come eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mingled.”
Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: she hath killed her
beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth
her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, whoso is simple, let him turn
in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, come, eat of my bread,
and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the
way of understanding.
Interestingly, the foolish woman does the same, calling:
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she
saith to him, stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he
knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
Both women are doing the same thing but in different ways. Allegorically, they are serving
food, but different kinds. There is a right way to do things and a wrong way; a best way to do
things and a poor way to do things. This allegory can apply to many areas of life. Wisdom is
always extolled in the Scriptures as a gift of God to avoid pain, loss and suffering.