Book: Proverbs 8
“My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge.”
In Matthew 13 the disciples of Jesus ask Him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to people?” He responds to them by saying “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. That is why I use these parables, ‘For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.’” Jesus then explains further one of the parables to His disciples so they can understand it.
The parable is about a farmer who scatters seed on hard soil, shallow soil, soil with weeds and fertile soil. Jesus says, “The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted.”
It is important that God’s wisdom is not only heard but understood. Understanding God’s wisdom leads to obedience and a great harvest. Notice that it is not just a doubling of harvest but thirty, sixty or even a hundred times return. The seed of wisdom that is planted in us must produce fruit in multiple ways.
Jesus said in John 15:8 “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” The production of fruit from wisdom is essential.
Although God’s wisdom is plain and simple, unless, through understanding, it is implemented into our lives it will be wasted. We must desire to receive it, internalize it and allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our actions and thoughts. By doing this, a miracle takes place and one simple seed of wisdom provides wisdom for our lives in multiple ways.
Consider the wisdom that says, “Fear the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment”. Knowing and applying this proverb into one’s life will bring a great harvest of fruit. If we hear (or read) this proverb but it does not change our thinking and action, no good fruit will be produced.
Take time to consider how you are hearing God’s plain wisdom, understanding it and bearing fruit in your life.