The Quest for Wisdom

Sam Petitfils

“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. . .” Proverbs 2:1-4

Most people claim they want more wisdom, so that they can live better, more responsible lives. This passage, in fact the entire chapter, describes the quest and blessing of obtaining wisdom.

Wisdom’s cost
Wisdom comes at a price, a very high price.  Look at the verbs in our passage that describe how to obtain wisdom:
“treasure up”
“making your ear attentive”
“inclining your heart”
“call out”
“raise your voice “
“seek it like silver”
“search for it as for hidden treasures”

It’s clear from these terms that in order to obtain wisdom you must want it, really want it.  You must desire it above all and be willing to pay any price.  You must excel the concert pianist’s quest for perfection, or the Olympian athlete’s passion to attain a gold medal.  The passage clearly indicates that God is more than willing to dispense wisdom to those who earnestly seek it (see also James 1:5).

The New Testament describes a similar search.  We need to “seek the things that are above” (Colossians 3:1). But we cannot properly seek if we do not leave off other pursuits.  God wants us to seek His kingdom (Matthew 6:33).  If we allow other things to crowd in, we will not obtain the wisdom we need.  Once again, we must seek it, like a person who, seeking a pearl, sells all they have to obtain it (Matthew 13:45-46).

Wisdom’s benefits
Back in Proverbs 2, we note the rich rewards of wisdom, and what comes to those who search for it.  They will understand the fear of the Lord (verse 5), the knowledge of God (also verse 5), and receive the protection that comes with wisdom (verses 7-9).  Such wisdom produces a pleasant aroma in the heart (verse 10), delivering us from evil paths (verse 12).  God promises plenty of blessing and benefits for those who seek His face, including a blessed life.

Are you seeking wisdom?  Your journey has to be more than “well I suppose wisdom would be nice.”  You must seek it as buried treasure of as a great discovery.  The Bible says Christ is our wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30), so it makes sense to seek Him.  He is not far off, but cannot be found among the earthly treasures.

Jesus asked Peter, “do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15).  Peter ultimately proved his love by surrendering to follow Christ.  Perhaps Christ is asking us a similar question when we ask for wisdom. “Do you really want it?”  “Are you willing to sacrifice for it?"

Make no mistake, seeking Christ’s wisdom is our best search of all. But other things must take second place, and we must decide to earnestly follow Him who alone can be called our wisdom.

The Day of Discovery

Mankind is searching ev'ry day, In quest of something new;
But I have found the "Living Way," The path of pleasures true.

I've discovered the way of gladness, I've discovered the way of joy
I've discovered relief from sadness, 'Tis a happiness without alloy;
I've discovered the fount of blessings, I've discovered the "Living Word"
'Twas the greatest of all discoveries, When I found Jesus my Lord.

I've found the Pearl of greatest price, "Eternal life" so fair;
'Twas through the Savior's sacrifices, I found this jewel rare.



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