6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
To know the Lord is to know how to live wisely. He spoke the world into being, order from chaos, but he did not stop there. He has sought relationship with us from the outset, giving us insight into who we are. We are subject to his sovereignty (Genesis 2:16-17), blessed with authority (Genesis 1:28), and at our best in relationship with others (Genesis 2:18). While all creatures are subject to the laws of nature, we are uniquely bound by the laws of morality.
“He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.” To be upright and blameless is to live in accordance with moral law. Success and safety are the consequences of moral obedience, failure and isolation are the results of moral rebellion. Try as we might to reject moral law, it is as inescapable as the law of gravity. This is the primary concern of God’s word, he did not leave us without guidance. And when guidance fails, he patiently gives us grace.
Wisdom is the ability to make good decisions, to live in harmony with the moral and physical laws we are governed by. We have all rejected these laws in one way or another, and experienced the consequences of foolishness. It is by grace that we are given the chance to mature, with gratitude that we overcome the rebellion within. Be grateful for the life you’ve been given, remember your faults with humility, and seek to live in harmony with the way things are. Take the path of wisdom, and you will avoid the burden of regret.