Proverbs 4:3 When I [Solomon] was a son with my father [David], tender and the only son in the sight of my mother [Bathsheba],
4 He taught me and said to me, Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments and live.
5 Get skillful and godly Wisdom, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation); do not forget and do not turn back from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her, and she will guard you.
7 The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation).
8 Prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her.
9 She shall give to your head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty and glory will she deliver to you.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life shall be many. (Amp.)
We all know that Solomon took the advice of his father David when it came to desiring wisdom. Wisdom is the principal thing to seek according to the words of David and Solomon. What does it mean .. The ‘principal’ thing? Principal means the most chief. The highest in rank, character, or respectability. It means the most important or the most to be considered.
The Bible does say that without faith it is impossible to please God. But, without wisdom it would be impossible to commune in a mature fashion with God. Many think that faith is all that a Christian needs. But this is not completely true. The Bible plainly says that wisdom is the ‘principal’ thing.
God says His people perish because of a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). What is wisdom but the application of Godly knowledge? Anyone who has ever looked into the wisdom of God knows the thrill of understanding and the thrill of finding the truth. The thrill of knowing there is an answer and the answer fits like a long lost piece of a jigsaw puzzle. Wisdom leads us to believe that we are getting wiser while at the same time, lets us know that we are not as wise as we thought we were. Finding wisdom is exciting but sometimes only fleetingly. When we become captivated by wisdom and cherish it, we are exalting wisdom and wisdom will bring us promotion and honor. Wisdom will make us appear as kings and queens. Wisdom will give us the keys to a long and satisfying life.