Proverbs 3:16-18 (NIV)
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.
Proverbs 3:16-18 (NKJ)
Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
When I first read this I frist thought of the song I Shall Not Be Moved (The Johnny Cash version is at the bottom of this post).
There’s two more verses I would like to add to this to help illustrate the purpose of the tree
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Wisdom is our tree of life. What do we know about trees? A quote taken from http://www.savatree.com/tree-facts.html
“Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet and one of the earth’s greatest natural resources. They keep our air supply clean, reduce noise pollution, improve water quality, help prevent erosion, provide food and building materials, create shade, and help make our landscapes look beautiful”
Trees our essential to our lives here on earth. In the same way, Wisdom provides us the same spiritual benefits as trees do earthly benefits. Without wisdom, it is near impossible to sustain a spiritual life. We must hold onto her. She will provide for us many blessings, and give us our daily fruit to survive. As we hold onto her, we will be merged in with her roots, we won’t be brought down by simple winds. Trees provide home to many animals in nature, in the same way we should find our home in wisdom. We should become established with her. With wisdom on our side, we will receive honor from those around you. Ask yourself this, who do you respect more? The person who is full of foolery, or the one who reserves themselves, but speaks with wisdom? I think we can all agree the person who speaks with wisdom is the one we respect more. All to often though, we are quick to speak with foolishness, we are quick to open our tongue others. We must learn to hold onto wisdom, study the Proverbs so that you may grow with her, so you can hold onto her with a tighter grip. The stronger we hold onto the tree of wisdom, the happier we will be, the more others will respect us and honor us.
I’m sorry to those who read on a continue basis, I have A.D.D. with my themes. It’s hard for me to stick to one, when there are so many other great ones out there. I may have been raised in traditional home, but I like a lot of change and variety. So once again I have changed my theme, I think this will be the last time in a long while, hopefully 😉
- Be a tree (lizajls332.wordpress.com)
- The Wisdom Tree (walkingourwisdom.wordpress.com)
- Every Tree is a Tree of Life (cmoneyspinner.wordpress.com)
- Proverbs 3:18 (proverbialthought.com)
- The Tree of Life? (seekingthepath.wordpress.com)