The Fourth Part of an Eight Part Series on The Seven Rules of Life Which Began on March 21, 2016
Solomon gives us Seven Rules of Life in the first nine chapters of the book of Proverbs. The First Rule is the most important: Never Forget God. The Second Rule highlights the value of parents, while the Third Rule is something we all need to search for: Wisdom.
Make Wisdom Your Goal
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,
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; Proverbs 2:1-6
How wise we become depends on how badly we want it
As soon as you decide that having God’s wisdom is the most important thing in your life, and you pursue it like hidden treasure – refusing to give up; God will give it to you. Wisdom is best described as skill in living – The ability to make good choices. If we are honest, most of the events of the past that still embarrass us have some connection to a bad choice.
Solomon is telling us that we can grow in our ability to make the best choice at the right time. And we will not look back with regret. But searching for and discovering wisdom, understanding, insight, and knowledge must be our passion for the rest of our lives. For any given subject, problem, or focus of my attention I need to ask: “What has God said about it? How have others understood this problem? Is there anything I might be missing? What will the consequence be if I move in this direction or that?
Never forget that the Lord gives wisdom. You may have to probe life longer than expected for answers, but like a search for precious metals and hidden treasures, the time spent will be worth the effort.
Jesus said: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
The Third Rule of Life: Make Wisdom Your Goal.
Dr James P Porowski Licensed Psychologist Professor – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Raleigh NC March 28, 2016