then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
Have you ever seen those guys at the beach who walk around wearing headphones and waving a metal detector back and forth in front of them? Sometimes I want to stop those guys and ask them about the best thing they’ve ever found. My motivation is part genuine curiosity and part skepticism because I can’t imagine the return on their investment of time and metal detecting technology is very high. But I have to imagine that for most of those guys, the thing that keeps them out there is the thrill of the hunt and the possibilities of what they might find. After reading through Proverbs this morning, I’m thinking that we should have the same motivation and anticipation when searching for wisdom.
Proverbs 2:5 (referenced above) outlines the blessings of finding wisdom but the first four verses outline the conditions for enjoying those blessings.
- Receive it – in order to receive wisdom I must be both available and willing to receive it. I must desire it and be willing to extend the effort required to receive it. For me, this means maintaining my spiritual disciplines of reading, studying and mining the depths God’s word. It means approaching my pastor’s Sunday morning sermons with a zeal to listen, learn and apply. I am to value God’s word as divine revelation and acknowledge that it is living and active. I need to prepare the soil of my life that it might take deep root and transform me from the inside out. I pray that God continues to give me ears to hear and a heart to receive His words of wisdom.
- Seek it – I was reading a story in the news today about a former college quarterback who went missing in the woods after calling his wife from a fishing trip and reporting that he was worried and potentially in danger. In response to this hundreds of volunteers assembled for a search and rescue mission in the hopes of finding him. That is how I am to pursue wisdom; with an urgency and earnestness to find it. I can guarantee you that if I lost my wallet and it contained $1,000 in cash, I would go look for it ASAP and I wouldn’t give up easily. And yet, wisdom is much more valuable than worldly riches. I pray that God gives me a passion and thirst for wisdom that far surpasses any desire that I may have for fortune or fame.
- Ask for it – the author of Proverbs encourages his reader to “call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding”. Wisdom should be something that I request from God and trust that it is something He desires to give to His children who ask. I pray that the Holy Spirit will lead me and guide me into the truth of God’s word.
- Treasure it – the commands of God are to be stored up and treasured in my heart. The ability to recall God’s word in order to combat the lies and temptation of the enemy or to offer encouragement, instruction, correction or rebuke is a real blessing. Scripture memory is a vital and beneficial spiritual discipline that I want to pursue more diligently. I pray that the Holy Spirit will help me recall the promises of God in my times of need.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. My desire is to continually pursue the things of God with my whole heart that I might arrive at the end of wisdom. And I desire that, by God’s grace and in the power of the Holy Spirit, I will instruct my children in the way they should go and it’s my hope that they too will incline their hearts toward wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One. Only by God’s grace and only for His glory.