Bible Verse: 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. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Proverbs 2:2-8 (ESV)
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 2:1-15; Proverbs 3:7; Isaiah 5:21
The first and most crucial step in our pursuit of wisdom is to know the trustworthy source of godly wisdom.
Godly wisdom originates in and from God, not from man.
It makes sense. We shouldn’t look to the world for wisdom from God. The Bible warns us of people who see themselves as wise in their own eyes (Proverbs 3:7), thinking their wisdom is better than God’s. We need to know the Bible, so we can test all wisdom against the Scriptures to see if it’s from God or not.
So, if we know where godly wisdom originates and how to find it, why would we wait to obtain it? Our key Bible verse today reminds us that God stores wisdom for us, and it is found through seeking or “calling out” for it.
I love this because God is not making this confusing; there’s no riddle or hidden clue we need to look for, and He’s expressing His desire to give wisdom to us. If you need wisdom, call out for it, seek it, and you will find it in God, who is more than ready to dispense it.
And what wisdom it is! It’s wisdom that has no expiry date. It always stands the test of time because it’s rooted in Him, who is eternal.
It protects and guards us with integrity as we walk out life’s journey. It is also unending. We could live 1000 lifetimes and still not learn all of God’s wisdom. We can always learn more, whether we just became a Christian or have been our whole lives.
There is always more wisdom available if you call for it or, as other versions of the Bible say, cry out for it. The word “cry” adds some desperation, which I don’t think is terrible.
Let’s cry out for and desire more wisdom. Let’s not be men satisfied with just a little when so much more is to be learned.
Prayer: Dear God, it’s with desperation that I come to You today, asking, seeking, and calling out for Your wisdom. You have marked out the pathway to discover wisdom, so I am following it. Let my heart be open to Your wisdom. Let my mind be ready to receive Your teaching. Let my ears be attentive to Your speaking. Thank You for so generously giving me Your wisdom and guidance and for guarding my steps and watching out for me.
Reflection: What has kept me from seeking God’s wisdom? Is my pride or arrogance keeping me from receiving God’s wisdom? Where do I need to make time in my schedule to seek out God’s wisdom?
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