But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:36
When I first read this verse, I asked, “who would hate wisdom?” I mean, we all seek to be wise, don’t we?
How many times have you known what was the right thing to do and did what you wanted anyhow? Perhaps more times than you can count in an afternoon, yes? Now, read what I just wrote and compare it to the passage of Scripture. Wisdom is often making smart choices. Foolishness is making bad choices even though you know it’s not in your best interests to do that!
Fortunately we can remedy that situation:
We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God (John 16:26-27).
But like much of Scripture tells us, we must ask for the Spirit to help us with those difficult decisions. We need to pray for wisdom in everything we do. Then we won’t be accused (by Scripture itself) of being wisdom haters.