Oh my goodness. Fitting Proverbs into 31 days is going to be a CHORE. I’ve been reading a few chapters ahead and I’m pretty sure I could have 365 days of wisdom posts. Proverbs is just packed.
I’m going to try really hard to seek God’s WISDOM on what to talk about. I know he has me writing for a reason and YOU reading for a reason. My hope is that I present that reason in writing.
I really want to encourage you to use this to start a habit of reading a chapter of Proverbs every day. God’s word is truly alive and every single time I read it, a new take-away appears. Your take-away may be different than mine and I don’t want you to miss a thing!
Here we go for Day 2. Yesterday we said that we need to accept our need for wisdom. I hope your next question is then how do I get wisdom? Proverbs is oh-so-wise and answers that directly in Chapter 2.
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 is pretty bossy, isn’t it? Gaining wisdom is no walk in the park. First, you need to realize gaining wisdom is an If-Then deal. My little programming heart loves If-Then statements. You HAVE to meet the IF if you want the part after the THEN. Proverbs says IF you do these things:
ACCEPT my words
STORE UP my commands
TURN your ear
APPLY your heart
CALL OUT for insight
CRY ALOUD for understanding
LOOK for it
SEARCH for it.
Then and only then will you find the knowledge of God.
So here’s the deal. Those are all calls to action…store up, call out, cry aloud, look, search. Whatever you need wisdom about? You’re going have to do the “IF” part and DIG DEEP if you ever want the knowledge of God in the “THEN” part. Search God’s word, memorize applicable Scripture, pray constantly, ask other wise people, read books. Getting wisdom is like one big treasure hunt.
Wisdom is not a party favor for being a Christian. Wisdom is a treasured prize for the worn-out seeker.
I don’t know about you, but I’m totally failing on nearly all accounts. I accept that God’s word is right but I’m not doing the rest of the hard work required. The whole reason I started this is because I couldn’t even commit to reading a chapter a day of Proverbs to gain wisdom. Let’s not even talk about memorizing or doing anything! Ugh!
So it’s time. IF you want wisdom, THEN pick up your shovels, folks. It’s time to start digging!