8 To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.
Proverbs 19:8 (New Living Translation)
There are 2 parts in the above verse. The first part tells us that the act of acquiring wisdom is the equivalent of loving oneself. If you love yourself, acquire wisdom. The next question, what is wisdom? Let us look at the Bible record on wisdom.
3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.
Exodus 31:3 (New Living Translation)
13 Choose some well-respected men from each tribe who are known for their wisdom and understanding, and I will appoint them as your leaders.’
Deuteronomy 1:13 (New Living Translation)
Based on the above verses, it seems that wisdom is not something we can learn from books. It comes from God. In Exodus 31:3 God gave wisdom for technical expertise while in Deuteronomy 1:13 God gave wisdom in leadership. Wisdom covers every area in our lives. King Solomon asked for wisdom from God. As a result, he became very rich and successful.
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom.
11 So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies—
12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have!
13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!
1 Kings 3:10-13 (New Living Translation)
When Solomon asked God for wisdom, God was so pleased with him that he threw in a lot of bonus, which include success and prosperity. So, if you love yourself and you want to be successful and rich, ask God for wisdom. Success and prosperity are yours for the taking.
The second part of Proverbs 19:8 says people who cherish understanding will prosper. Cherish understanding means we are to be happy in understanding things and finding out how things work. When we read the Bible, we are not to read it as a religious ritual. We are to read the Word in order to understand the nature of God. Find out how much he loves you and how great his desires in blessing you. This will give you the strength to overcome every challenge in your life. All my articles in this blog were written with this principle in mind. I seek to understand the will of God and as an engineer, I also seek to make use of this knowledge for my prosperity.
This principle is not limited to Bible study alone. When you are at work, make an effort to understand how the system works. For example, you may be selling burgers in a fastfood joint. Your job is to take orders from the customers, get the orders, pass them to the customers and collect the money. Don’t just limit yourself to your job-scope.
God wants you to learn more about the business you are working for. Find out how your collegues made the burgers, the way they order the raw materials, stock their supplies, manage crisis and overall management techniques. Why? When you do that, you are preparing yourself for a promotion. How can you expect God to make you a manager if you don’t know how to do your job? Your promotion will not last if you cannot do the jobs you are promoted to do.
So, start developing the desires to learn and understand things. You are setting the foundation for your prosperity.