Are you patient, committed, energetic, hard-working, indefatigable, resourceful, humble and studious?
Proverbs 2 v 1–5
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.
We love things that come quickly and easy: microwave meals, next day delivery, buy now pay later, let’s find an app to do that. Unfortunately wisdom doesn’t work like that. If you want to be wise, it’s going to take time and effort.
Solomon likens the quest for wisdom to the search for gold. You have to move a minimum of 6 tonnes of rock to find 1 ounce of gold. That’s not easy work.
To gain wisdom requires:
- our ears: as we listen
- our memories: as we store up the advice
- our hearts: as we give ourselves to this pursuit
- our voices: as we ask for help
It is no coincidence that the Christian church has been one of the most powerful forces for education in the modern world. The constant refrain of the Bible is that knowledge is power.
Putting it into Practice
- Will you find space in your diary for this search? Can you book yourself some time to study and to think, to ask for advice and to listen to it? Deliberately set aside time for this quest.
- Why not find a conference or course that you can get involved with? Or ask your minister for a book to study or video series to watch. Will you seek for knowledge that can change your life?