21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; 22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. 23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26 for the LORD will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.

Solomon continues with his emphasis on gaining and maintaining wisdom from God. Here he says, “Do not let wisdom out of your sight”. Is wisdom really that important that we should spend so much effort to obtain it and to hold onto it? In these verses alone we have the following benefits to wisdom. It is life for you. It will keep you safe. It will keep you from being afraid and will help you sleep peacefully. It will keep you from being snared.

But is it really that important? Sometimes it is hard to believe the promises in God’s Word. Not just to understand them but to really believe them, to trust them as true, to act like they are already present even when you don’t see them in action. That’s what I struggle with. These promises sound great, but are they for me as well? How much effort is enough to get the promise? How much wisdom do I need to obtain? Those are all the wrong questions for me to be asking. They point out clearly how much I struggle with Grace!

The promises of God are not based upon my effort. I can’t make them happen. God’s promises are provisioned by His Grace. They are true because God is true, not because I’ve worked for them. So how do I strive after wisdom without striving in the flesh to obtain it? I keep going back to James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” We have to ask. And keep asking. Day in and day out, ask. When Solomon became king and God asked what he wanted, he asked for wisdom. God delights to give to His children from His heavenly kingdom. All too often, we don’t ask. “You do not have because you do not ask God.” James 4:2

What do you need wisdom for today? Go ahead and ask God for it right now. Then trust what He says.