Genesis 42:18-43:34 / Matthew 13:47-14:12 / Psalm 18:16-34 / Proverbs 4:7-10
“Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore, get wisdom. And in all the getting, get understanding. Exalt her (wisdom) and she will promote you. She will bring you honor when you embrace her.”
Great ideals, but how to we “get” wisdom, knowledge and understanding. It seems a bit lofty and intimidating to think of searching for these things. Many times the thing that keeps us from pursuing these things is the thought that these “ideals” aren’t really for us but for pastors and academics. However, if we stop our pursuit of these things because of that mentality, then the enemy has won. Remember…Jesus’ disciples were fishermen, not academics – that’s great news for most of us!
These verses in Proverbs are challenging us to “get” wisdom, knowledge and understanding. “Get” implies action on our part - an intentional pursuit of these valuables.
So, how to we “get” these things?
God’s Word (the Bible) is His truth. The Word is constant and unchanging. It is miraculous because it has been given to all of us corporately, but it is also written about each of us individually. It is meant to specifically and practically lead us in every area of our lives. This is an amazing truth that has remained steadfast throughout the ages. The Bible is the greatest gift ever! It is the “how to” book - the “instruction” manual for each of our lives.When we read and study God’s truth, we slowly but surely begin filling ourselves. We begin to increase in our knowledge as we get to know who He is (His character, the way He works, His mercy, His justice, etc…). As we consistently seek to know Him with a pure heart that is yielded to Him and His ways, we begin to grow in understanding; as we understand, we grow in wisdom. As we grow in wisdom, we begin to live our lives according to the individual plan the Lord has for each of us. Love it!