This is what God gave me today:
Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice. (Pro 23:23-25)
I can summarize all of these verses in this; if you have any sense at all, you’ll make your mom and dad happy.
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (Eph 6:1-3)
What does it mean when it says:
Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
“Oh yeah, I’m just going to the super-market to get some truth and wisdom, be back in a jiff”… Since we both know that isn’t what he means, what does he mean? – When you buy something you have it for ever, it has a higher value to you, and it costs you something. That may seem like a rather ridiculous observation, but what a minute please:
1) When you buy something you have that thing for about forever… Where as if you get something off paperback swap, you may decide it’s time to move on after a little.
2)If you bought a book, you would probably start reading it immediately. Where as if you got a book for free, you may hold off reading it until you were bored witless… My point being that if you get something for free, it has little or no value to you… Having truth and wisdom are two extremely important (valued) things.
3) To have truth and wisdom takes time on our part… Time asking God to give it to us!
To put it another way… Truth and Wisdom are valuable, and we shouldn’t lose them. That’s what I believe Isiah is trying to say… Also, we should make our parents “proud” by keeping truth and wisdom.
You are loved!