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.
Moral Benefits of Wisdom
1My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
6For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
12Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
14who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
16Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
17who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God.a
18Surely her house leads down to death
and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
19None who go to her return
or attain the paths of life.
20Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21For the upright will live in the land,
and the blameless will remain in it;
22but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the unfaithful will be torn from it.
Do you ever wish you could have knowledge, insight, and understanding from God?
We would make better decisions, be more patient, have more peace, and generally live a MUCH better life.
Thankfully, the Bible tells us how to get true knowledge – knowledge that comes from God.
It says we can have insight, understanding, and knowledge if we call out for it, cry aloud for it, look for it, and search for it like hidden treasure.
It says we have to “turn our ear” to wisdom and “apply our heart” to understanding.
These terms all imply a couple of things. Wisdom and understanding from God:
- Doesn’t come easily
- Requires patience to get
- Has to be something we REALLY want
Last time I checked, treasure hunts aren’t quick or easy. They usually imply a ton of time and sacrifice. You first have to believe the treasure is there and then you have to REALLY want that treasure before you’ll dedicate yourself to that kind of sacrifice.
Crying aloud for something also implies that you REALLY want it. After all, when’s the last time you wanted something so badly you were ready to scream at the top of your lungs with passion in order to get it?
I think a lot of us wish we could have more wisdom. We wish we could make better decisions. We wish we had a better idea as to what God would want for our lives in every scenario. We might even take it so far as to say a prayer or two asking God for wisdom.
But when’s the last time you searched for God’s wisdom like hidden treasure?
What’s the last thing you sacrificed to gain knowledge from God?
I have to ask myself the same thing. Sure, I wish I had more wisdom, but did I sacrifice my comfort this morning by waking up early to read God’s Word? Am I dedicated time to prayer and meditation? If I am doing those things, am I doing them consistently. Becuase that’s what it takes to find treasure. Consistent sacrifice.
And what’s cool about God is, the treasure map is right in front of us. It’s in a book we call the Bible.
So dig into the treasure map of God’s Word diligently and consistently, and you’ll gain wisdom and understanding. That’s a promise from God Himself.