“For by me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.” Proverbs 9:11 CSB
Days, in this context means span of life. As we gain wisdom and apply it to our lives, it extends our days, or the span of our life.
I can speak only from my own life. I know as I’ve increased my wisdom, I make better decisions which allows me to have a healthier life. For instance, we talked about not securing someone else’s debt which has helped me make wiser financial decisions (Proverbs 6:1-2). We talked about considering our paths which has helped me be more intentional about what goes on my calendar (Proverbs 4:26). We talked about not being seduced which has helped me keep temptation out of my kitchen pantry (Proverbs 7:22).
When Solomon became King, God told him He would give him anything he wanted (1 Kings 3: 5-14). Solomon asked for wisdom. God was so pleased with this request because he, “did not ask for long life or riches for yourself, or the death of your enemies, but you asked discernment for yourself to administer justice,” (1 Kings 3:11). God was so pleased, He gave Solomon the things he didn’t ask for: long life and riches.
Get wisdom first, the rest will follow.