It is always interesting to see the length that some people will go to in search of hidden treasure. I believe that you and I should be actively searching for the treasure that is in the Word of God. The writer of Proverbs said, “Doth not wisdom cry and understanding put forth her voice” (Proverbs 8:1)? “I love them that love me [wisdom and understanding]; and those that seek me early shall find me” (Proverbs 8:17). There is treasure to be found if we will simply search for it in the Word of God today.
We spend far too much time in pursuit of popularity today. We want the approval of men so much that we are often willing to sacrifice our own personal convictions on the altar of what others think to be important. We spend far too much energy trying to gain as much earthly wealth as possible. We watch that same “wealth” deteriorate into debt much quicker than it took us to save it. We spend a great deal of time trying to gain enough wisdom from this world to finally be accepted by the great minds of our time. The problem is that after we have obtained this so-called “wisdom,” we find that we still don’t have the answers to the challenges of life.
This verse (8:17) states very simply that if we will pursue godly wisdom and understanding, that God will help us to find it. I need this kind of wisdom today. There are many challenging situations that people are asking advice for today that I simply don’t have the wisdom I need to give a good answer. I am at a loss when it comes to having enough godly common sense to keep myself out of trouble. I need not only the wisdom God offers, but I need the understanding that can only come when my heart and mind become saturated with the truths of Scripture. It is no wonder that our country has been blessed. The reason is not our man-made wisdom, but our dependence on the wisdom found clearly presented in the Word of God!
If you are like me today, you will admit that you are sorely lacking in both wisdom and understanding. Like Solomon (II Chronicles 1), I will ask God to give me wisdom for today for the problems I am about to face. I also will ask Him to help me to give godly advice (based completely on the Word of God and not on my own opinions, or on the opinions of others). This is a blessed promise to those of us who lack wisdom. I don’t know about you, but it seems that life’s problems are increasing and intensifying, and I need the help of an infinite and omniscient God! Don’t remain quiet … God offered wisdom and understanding … ask Him for it today!
“Develop good habits and become their slaves.” – Og Mandino