34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”
Everyone is searching for happiness – whether through accomplishment or experience, conquest or amusement. Here Wisdom contradicts our assumptions, offering happiness to those who listen, watch and wait. The two greatest barriers to her advice are pride and impatience – have you ever thought of these as barriers to happiness? We are often preoccupied with external circumstances, but it is our inner circumstances which determine our well-being.
“For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.” This chapter began with Wisdom raising her voice “to all mankind” (v.4). She went on to claim that “those who seek me find me” (v.17), leaving little excuse to those who never try. The primary reason for failing to find wisdom is neither difficulty or misfortune, but the simple failure to seek. Whether this is motivated by hatred or indifference, the end result is the same.