My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
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.
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
I am blessed to not only work for, but really feel a part of a ministry whose stated mission it “to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.” I feel right at home at such a place.
Turning to the Bible itself, and the gospel we find in it is life-changing for sure, as we enter into its reality by faith. Wisdom is a huge part of what God offers to all.
I have found without a doubt that the pursuit of wisdom is a life-long endeavor. But that, alas, I have stumbled too much in earlier years in not making it the priority it needed to be. And even now, I can struggle along the way, which actually can be a blessing, as I feel my need for wisdom.
Proverbs is a wisdom book, probably the first one that comes to mind for most of us when we think of wisdom literature. We have to consider it in its original context, including its setting, and then seek to bring that wisdom into our own context today. God helps us. So much there to glean, warnings and encouragements that need to be taken as seriously as when they were written.
God’s promise is encouraging: all who seek the wisdom from God, and keep seeking it will find it. Such a blessing. Not easy, because we are so bent in our foolish ways, or at least I can speak for myself. But wonderful as we begin to enter into it, and seek to continue on. In and through Jesus.