Proverbs 4:8-9 Dissected & Defined
Exalt (elevate) her (wisdom), and she shall promote (advance) thee: she shall bring thee to honour (promotion), when thou dost embrace (lay hold on) her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
Wisdom is skill, in an area of living. Our verse encourages us to elevate our search for skill in living life.
Make Living Skills A Priority
Solomon reminds us that if we will make living skills a priority in our life, we will experience advancement and promotion.
Wisdom will give us an ornament of grace upon our head. That is an external manifestation of our skills for all to see.
Outward Manifestation of Living Skills Bring Glory
This outward manifestation of our skills will be a crown of glory. The word glory means to bring the right opinion of. It literally means to make someone look good. Thus, we can conclude that having skill in life will provide an outward manifestation that will make us look good. Our healthy living skills will be noticed by others.
In order for this to happen, we must embrace these skills and elevate our search for them.
How to Acquire Living Skills
Wisdom is synonymous with other keywords that will help us understand how to acquire this wonderful skill in life. Those two synonyms are “fear of the Lord” and “righteousness.” Each of these words represents the leading of the Spirit and the simultaneous submission of a believer.
When believers are void of offense with God and man, we experience “God-given” opportunities in life. These opportunities will provide Holy Spirit promptings in which we may yield and experience God’s power while engaging in these opportunities. This is how we will get ahead in life despite our lack of training and knowledge. It is the wisdom and power of the Holy Ghost.
To experience this, we must look for that leading. When we experience it, we must embrace it. We must realize that without it, we will never get ahead.