[21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion]
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.
There is much more to wisdom than competence. It also brings the peace of a clear conscience; gone is the fear of exposure and the restlessness of strife. “But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.” Whatever the wicked have; no matter how wealthy and powerful they become; real peace is beyond their reach.
“Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.” Wisdom is useful when things are going well, but it is vital when things are falling apart. In the face of disaster and ruin the wise may argue with God like Job, or wrestle with him like Jacob, or cry in pain like David. The key is that even in their anguish, they all clung to him through their trouble, and they all came out stronger on the other side.