The Proverbs project came to my consciousness after I read the book The Richest Man Who Every Lived by Steven K. Scott. This book challenges readers to read a chapter in the Book of Proverbs every day for a month. Readers then perseverate and reflect on the chapter. This process is meant to become habit and repeated month after month.
I acknowledge a personal and perpetual need for wisdom in my life. The challenge spoke to me. I have been reading a good deal this year, and it is certainly time for me to undertake another writing project. - Chapter 2.
The Lord gives Wisdom. But. We still need to search for it. We need to light out after wisdom with a torch (my thanks to Jack London) and the fervor of those searching for treasure. I assume this is not the last reference to Wisdom as Treasure... This allusion creates a mindset in the value of wisdom. God told Solomon to ask for anything he desired. Solomon did not ask for riches, or, resources, or military might...he asked for wisdom. Through Wisdom Solomon was able to easily and readily attain the other attributes associated with a powerful state and ruler.
Again, we are told that Wisdom will save us from the ways of wicked men. With Wisdom we are able to maintain a straight and upright path through life rebuking and refusing those who have left the Straight Path to walk in dark ways and would encourage those without Wisdom to join them. The Wise will walk in the way of the good and keep to the Path of the Righteous.
With Wisdom comes the responsibility of leading others. With Wisdom, we can maintain the path of the Righteous upon which others may travel. We can maintain the thoroughfare to the light. With Wisdom we can encourage others to live upright and steadfast in truth and understanding. Wisdom is truly one of the indispensable qualities of a leader of men.