Searching For Wisdom

My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;” Proverbs 2:1-6 (NKJV)

If you are like me nearly every day finds you asking, “How in the world do I do the things I am supposed to do?” How can I possibly raise Godly children in such an ungodly world? What am I supposed to do in this situation? What decision should I make here? What do I do and how do I do it are questions I ask frequently.  Probably all of us have questions like this that we face every day.

To make the right decisions and do the right things we need wisdom. As I mentioned Monday wisdom is the main theme of the book of Proverbs. When we read the book of Proverbs, we see the constant repetition of the idea that wisdom is needed for us to live the lives that God would have us to live. A basic definition of wisdom is, knowing what to do in a given situation.

It’s important to understand that the wisdom of God in the book of Proverbs is different from the wisdom of the world. The wisdom of the world is bases its decision-making on what makes sense to us as humans. It is often pragmatic without any thought of God and His desires. Biblical wisdom bases its decision making on the Bible and what pleases God.

We never outgrow our need for wisdom. There never really comes a time in our lives when we feel that we know it all. We should always have open hearts and open minds so that we can grow in wisdom. It is very important for believers to be filled with God’s wisdom. However, wisdom often seems hard to come by.   This is why we must constantly be searching for wisdom.

If you ever watch the Discovery Channel they will sometimes have specials about treasure hunters that search for sunken ships. If you ever watch those guys they don’t just sail around, look at a spot in the water and say, “This looks like a good spot. Drop anchor and get in.” They do a ton of research. They search through historical records to find where the ships point A and point B were. They find out the last place anyone contacted them and search in that area. When they find the ship they do research as to the design of the ship so they will know what they will find when they get there. They put a ton of effort into finding the sunken treasure. They know it will be a lot of work. They know it will be costly. They also know what they find will be worth it.

That is the way it is with wisdom. No one reading the first few verses of Proverbs 2 would come to the conclusion that it referred to a cursory examination of anything. Yet how many times when we read God’s Word do we simply skim over it? How many times do we practice our speed reading skills during our daily quite time? To diligently search for wisdom from God’s Word will require that we do more than skim the pages of the Bible. It will require us to study the Bible. We will have to meditate on what we’ve read. Then we will have to listen to the Holy Spirit. We are promised that when we have searched diligently for wisdom, we will find it. We can be assured that we will find wisdom because the Lord gives wisdom.

Is there an area of your life where you need to know what God wants you to do? If so, what are you doing to search for this wisdom? Take some time today to search the Scriptures and see what God has said about this issue. Spend some time praying about what you discover. Do this knowing that the Lord gives wisdom (Prov 2:5, James 1:5-8).

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