Book: Proverbs 19
“To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.”
If you love yourself, in the way God wants you to, you will secure wisdom and obtain understanding. It is using His tools and doing it His way for His glory. You benefit from this by being in His will.
Every once in a while I will see a dad out cutting the grass with a lawnmower and a young son also in the yard with his plastic toy lawnmower. The son, his play is work but is not accomplishing the job of cutting the grass. He could be out on the lawn all day with his toy lawnmower but not a blade of grass would be cut. The grass might get stomped down after a few hours but the grass will not have been cut. When the son becomes a teenager, he may be asked to go and cut the grass. If he was to pull out his old plastic toy lawnmower and try cutting the grass we would say that is foolish. But if he was to get out the powered lawnmower he would get the job done quickly. Because of his understanding that plastic toy lawnmowers don’t cut grass and the powered one does he has understanding which makes him successful. We can also say he loves himself as he is not torturing himself by using a plastic lawnmower on a hot day suffering hour after hour without getting the job done.
God’s wisdom and understanding makes it so that we can prosper. To resist it is to create suffering and difficulties He does not want us to face. Choose today to love yourself by gathering wisdom and hold on tight to understanding!