Looking to the Word will produce several effects on your life that you cannot get any other way. You will obtain God’s favor and you will increase your faith as well as your understanding of how to use your faith. Luke 11:49 refers to the Word of God as His wisdom. Proverbs 4:5-9 reads
Get wisdom, get understanding forget it not; neither decline from the words of my month. Forsake her not and she shall preserve thee: love her and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
The ornament of grace Solomon referred to is bring clothes with favor of God. It is the result of seeking God’s wisdom by exalting His Word which brings divine favor. The wisdom of God places a crown of glory (God’s grace or favor) upon a person’s head.
That grace, or favor, is available to every person on earth without exception, for “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34).
Favor cannot be earned. It is the gift of God. You do not merit it. You receive it. Although it is free, God’s grace is not automatic. It must be appropriated by the believer through faith.
We already know that “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). The basis for receiving God’s favor is through faith. Therefore, you obtain God’s favor through His Word.
God created the heaven and the earth through a combination of His faith, wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 3:19); Hebrew 11:3). In Mark 11:22, Jesus exhorts His disciples, Have faith in God. “The marginal note in the King James Version reads, “Have the faith of God”. Another version puts it this way, the same faith that is in God. He gave each of us the same measure of faith (Romans 12:3).
If God could create the entire universe with His Faith, then why are we so limited in our ability to bring things to pass using the same force? Why is God so much more successful than we? Because He has the wisdom and understanding to use it to its fullest capacity.
Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge. First Corinthians 1:30 tells us that Christ Jesus is made unto us wisdom….” He is our wisdom. “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).
Whenever you think of God’s wisdom or knowledge, you are thinking of the Word of God. God said: For my thoughts are not your thought, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts…so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55: 8-9,11).
In other words God is saying, “Even though I think higher than you think and My ways are higher than your ways, I give you My Word so that you will be able to think like I do and conform to My ways are higher than your ways, I give you My Word so that you will be able to think like I do and conform to My ways.”
The wisdom of God is His written Word. His knowledge is shared with us through the Word as evidenced by 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to te obedience of Christ” (John 1:14).
Jesus Christ is the Word. If Jesus Himself is the Word and if He is made unto us wisdom, then we can conclude that true wisdom is the Word of God. God and His Word agree at all times.
With these thoughts in mind, let’s rephrase Proverb 4:5-9 in this way:
Get [the Word]: get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my month. Forsake [the Word of God] not, [it] shall…keep thee. [The Word] is the principal thing, therefore get [the Word]: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt [the Word] and [it] shall promote thee: [it] shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace [it]. [It] shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall [the Word] deliver to thee.