The wisdom that you gain is for yourself. You will be the beneficiary of your wisdom an no one else. You may strive to pass wisdom along to others, but in order for them to benefit from wisdom, they must accept it for themselves.
If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it. (Proverbs 9:12)
Just as spiritual growth is solitary, so likewise is wisdom. Seek daily for wisdom from God’s word. Pray and ask God to provide you with wisdom. If he corrects you in your life, yield to his correction and receive the instruction of wisdom. If you do these, your inner life will feast on the goodness of the Lord.
Mercy and truth are like the sunset. Sunsets are beautiful experiences, but unless they are captured in thought, on canvas or on film, they will be lost. Mercy and truth are presented to us by God. We gain it from his word, but unless we taken measures to preserve them, they too will be lost.
God tells us to bind mercy and truth about our necks and write them upon the table of our hearts. (Prov. 3:3). If we live life with mercy and truth, it us because we failed to secure it. We may have enjoyed its pleasure for a season, but like the sunset, it was gone.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)
I remember one time driving around a town and trying to get to a particular destination. Along the way, I made a wrong turn and was trying to get myself turned around and back onto the right track. Since this was before GPS devices, I needed to figure out my route on my own. It seemed that each time I was close enough to get back to where I made my error, I would run into a one way street. I didn’t want the street to go in the one way direction, I wanted it to go my direction. Facing life’s problems can much the same way.
When a person’s heart is filled with pride, it is like a one way street. The solution for everything comes from within them. They never allow advice to come in and influence their hearts and mind because of the pride that resides there. The Lord warns us that when prides comes into our hearts, the end result will be shame or disgrace. However for the humble it is different. They don’t see themselves as self sufficient, but instead look outside of themselves for strength and help and desire that it would come into them. Their end result is wisdom.
This passage warns us to guard our hearts: not only from outside influences that can corrupt our hearts, but from the corruption that has dwelled within man since the fall. God’s word is sufficient to produce all the wisdom necessary for us to be successful, but we must seek it and yield to its teaching.