Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. – Proverbs 4v7
Earlier in Proverbs we read about how important it is to gain knowledge. Knowledge of course is vital, we have to have it. We are fortunate to live in a time when knowledge is more available than ever before. The knowledge of every society in history and of all the schools of learning today is literally at our fingertips today. Gaining knowledge is easier than it ever has been.
But knowledge is not enough, not by a long shot. The wrong use of knowledge is extremely dangerous. Knowledge, to be truly useful and beneficial, must be controlled by wisdom. It is not enough to have knowledge, it is vital to understand what we know.
Proverbs 4 personifies wisdom as a woman. It tells us how to pursues wisdom. Get it. Do not forget it. Do not turn away. Do not forsake wisdom. Love her. Wisdom is the principle thing. Exalt her.
The result of pursuing wisdom is also clear – She will preserve you. She will keep you. She will promote you. She will bring you honour.
So pursue knowledge. Learn you can. Get every but of instruction that you can handle.
But in all your getting, get understanding.