Working for Wisdom
Working for Wisdom
Wisdom is like mining. Though I’ve never “mined” anything…well, I have been told to “mind” my own business but that’s different…I sort of understand how mining is done. Mining takes a lot of work; whether it is done by hand or by utilizing machines. The miner has to work very hard to get the coal, salt, iron, gold, etc… out of the mine. But the miner didn’t have to do any work to put the coal or iron there in the first place. Since I believe in creation, I think that God put the coal or iron there; the miner’s job is to get out what God has already put in place.
Read the following passage from Proverbs 2 and see if you see a parallel between this passage and “mining:
My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
There are a lot of verbs listed there for us to “do” as it relates to wisdom. We are to “receive”, “treasure”, “incline”, “apply”, “cry out”, “lift up”, “seek” and “search”. That is a pretty active list. Verse 5 says that when we do these things, “Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God”. We do not have to come up with “wisdom”, but wisdom will not find us if we are sitting on the couch! There is work to finding wisdom.
Are you working for wisdom right now in your life? Or, are you just sort of sitting around watching this wisdom pass you by? Cry out to God for discernment. Apply your heart to understanding. It takes work. You might have to dig deep; but like finding a nugget of gold, God’s wisdom is well worth it.