“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:1-5)
Moody Monthly records the following story highlighting the need to seek God’s wisdom:
“There's a story about a proud young man who came to Socrates asking for knowledge. He walked up to the muscular philosopher and said, ‘O great Socrates, I come to you for knowledge.’
Socrates recognized a pompous numbskull when he saw one. He led the young man through the streets, to the sea, and chest deep into water. Then he asked, ‘What do you want?’
‘Knowledge, O wise Socrates,’ said the young man with a smile.
Socrates put his strong hands on the man's shoulders and pushed him under. Thirty seconds later, Socrates let him up. ‘What do you want?’ he asked again.
‘Wisdom,’ the young man sputtered, ‘O great and wise Socrates.’
Socrates crunched him under again. Thirty seconds passed, thirty-five. Forty. Socrates let him up. The man was gasping. ‘What do you want, young man?’
Between heavy, heaving breaths the fellow wheezed, ‘Knowledge, O wise and wonderful...’
Socrates jammed him under again. Forty seconds passed. Fifty. ‘What do you want?’
‘Air!’ the young man screeched. ‘I need air!’
‘When you want knowledge as you have just wanted air, then you will have knowledge.’ ”
Many people say they want God’s wisdom, but are not willing to pay the steep price for obtaining it. Yes, God does impart wisdom if we ask for it (James 1:5), but we must ask as He wants us to. It all has to do with attitude. Let’s look at a few of the verbs in Proverbs 2:1-5:
Do we so treasure and value God’s Word that we’re willing to mine its treasure as one seeking gold?
Do we call out for God’s knowledge and seek God’s face in prayer about it?
“Seek it like silver”
So many people embark upon a never-ending journey to gain riches, but lose their own soul in the process. If we ask for God’s wisdom in living a Christ-honoring life, are we willing to seek it like silver?
“Search for it as for hidden treasures”
These words resemble the words above about seeking silver. Some spend a lifetime attempting to amass a fortune, but do they seek wisdom with the same passion?
The Book of Proverbs contains much wisdom about life, and much about rewards. We normally get what we put into it. If we would obtain God’s wisdom, we must log in many hours at the foot of our Lord, listening to Him in His Word and seeking the wisdom that only He imparts.
Are we willing to pay the price? If not, we cannot hope to be wise people.
Posted on Fri, October 10, 2014
by Sam Petitfils