Proverbs 4: Hold fast to Wisdom; get understanding

-To believe I walk alone
Is a lie that I’ve been told.
So let your heart hold fast
For this soon shall pass,
Like the high tide takes the sand.

This is a verse from a Fort Atlantic song called ‘let your heart hold fast’. ‘Holding fast’ is the key to Proverbs 4.

Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom is the principal thing;therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Could it be any simpler? Get wisdom, bearing in mind what we have already learnt: that fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. So start there. Seek to have that deep reverential fear of God; seek to be in the will of God always; desire to discern His will, His perfect and pleasing will. That is wisdom. And as you seek all these things i.e. wisdom, seek also to understand. Understand why Solomon placed such great value on Wisdom, why he said the following:

Proverbs 4:6

Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.

A fool cannot take instruction, and a fool cannot go beyond the exact meaning of an instruction. Wisdom is listening to advice and instruction, having a teachable spirit. So, get wisdom. But you need to also have a discerning spirit, you need to know when and how to apply what you have received and  learnt – that is the understanding. As the Word says: get wisdom and in all thy getting get understanding. So: be teachable and as you are taught, know when and how to apply what you have learnt. This is what it means to not forsake wisdom, to be preserved by her and kept by her.

Proverbs 4:13

Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.

No really though, could it be any simpler? Be teachable and hold fast to what you have been taught. Will you have days of sadness? Yes. Despair and sorrow and days when you just want to cry out ‘Lord, why me?’ Yes. But hold fast anyway. Hold onto wisdom, grab a firm hold of instruction. Let your heart hold fast (please click the link and watch the song). Learn the lessons, get understanding, hide the word of God in your heart that you may not sin against Him: your feet will not stumble, your days will be many. (cf.Psalm 119:11; Psalm 4:4; Psalm 37:31)

May God bless you exceedingly and abundantly as you seek wisdom and understanding.

Author: rooibosandgrace

Living life loud, growing natural hair, using my words as God leads. - a recipient of Grace.

3 thoughts on “Proverbs 4: Hold fast to Wisdom; get understanding”

  1. Thanks for the wonderful reminder to show respect and honor to God (Wisdom). Everyday when I pray I am holding fast to him so I do not venture out onto that sinking sand but hold fast to the solid rock. You truly have a gift with words. His words.


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