“My son, keep my words
and treasure up my commandments with you;
keep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister,’
and call insight your intimate friend,
to keep you from the forbidden woman,
from the adulteress with her smooth words…
‘Now I have come out to meet you,
to seek you eagerly, and I have found you…’
And now, O sons, listen to me,
and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
Let not your heart turn aside to her ways;
do not stray into her paths.” Proverbs 7:1-5,15,24-25
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20
“How much better to get wisdom than gold!
To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.” Proverbs 16:16
“Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Wise King Solomon had wise words for his sons. He knew the importance and impression of companions, that their character and charms influenced both attitude and action. The best friend he commended was wisdom herself. She was to be valued, she would warn and make wise, her companionship would sharpen heart and mindset toward the fear of God. (Proverbs 9:10)
At the ancient library in Ephesus, Turkey, Lady Wisdom stands tall alongside Virtue, Knowledge, and Intelligence. Certainly all are worthy companions, but it is she alone the Lord says will bring proper reverence for God and understanding of His ways. Without spiritual wisdom, the others cannot contribute, or effectuate, their beauty and benefit.
Friendship with wisdom brings a humble chiding and careful correction, like stone tumbling with stone to soften rough edges and strengthen our core. Friendship with the wise is mutually encouraging in spiritual growth, maturity in godliness, perseverance in ministry. Developing good friendships with the wise results in good relationships, endeavors, marriages, movements. It draws each in the relationship to deeper understanding, broader love, and higher worship. (Galatians 6:1-3; Hebrews 10:24-25)
Who are our favorite friends, and why do we seek their camaraderie and confidence? Those we walk alongside, and in whom we invest our energy, attention, and affection, will help determine our course of life. If we choose ambition, a never ending push to get and gain, we will expend ourselves for treasure that in the end comes up empty. If we choose to surround ourselves with people who flatter us, but fail to point us to Jesus, we will have an inflated view of ourselves that time will pop and deflate. But friendship with the wise makes for meaningful, fruitful living, and benefits us, our allies, and all those we serve. (Isaiah 55:2-3)
“Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word;
I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord.
Born of thy love, thy child may I be,
thou in me dwelling and I one with thee.” ~St. Dallán Forgaill (530-598)
Father, may I treasure Your wisdom above all companions, for in it I learn to fear and praise You aright. And of that You are supremely worthy.