The Price of Wisdom

Sam Petitfils

“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.”  Proverbs 2:1-5

There's a story circulating 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." 

If we want wisdom, we need to be willing to pay whatever price necessary for acquiring it.  The passage above teaches us we need to value it above all else, because it involves knowing God.  So often we give our best hours, and make our best investments in things doomed to perish.  But God has wisdom for us, wisdom that leads to a life of blessing and fulfillment.

Notice the promise:  “Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”  For some, that wasn’t the payoff they were looking for.  But when we think about it, what could be better than a life surrounded with God’s blessings?

To make intelligent and wise decisions, we have to seek God’s guidance and search the Scriptures continually. Then and only then will we discover the wisdom God has provided.  Seek it as you would the greatest treasure, and you will find it.  When you do, you will esteem it above all the riches of this world.

Ask God to give you His wisdom (James 1:5).  Pray that He guides you in the right way.  Do you have needs? Then present those needs before your loving heavenly Father.  He is not stingy and will provide all of your needs.  But do not neglect wisdom, for that will lead you through the troubled waters of life.  God’s wisdom leads to true fulfillment, decisions you will be glad about, and a life free from the pitfalls that overtake the ignorant.


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1. wrote:
Wow! Thanks Pastor Sam...I often forget to ask God for his wisdom.

Wed, November 7, 2012 @ 2:45 AM

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