Most months have 31 days in them, and I love the fact that Proverbs has 31 chapters…one for each day of the month. Words of wisdom abound throughout each one. Today is September 2, 2014 so let’s take a look at Proverbs 2.
1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding– 3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 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. 7 He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair– every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
Everyone is busy, busy, busy. Busy with work, projects, school, raising children, helping aged parents or loved ones, plans, extra-curricular activities, and the list goes on. Our goal is to make the best decisions possible while exercising wisdom throughout each decision. Wisdom does not just appear in your lap…you must search for it. Wisdom is given by God and requires hard work to attain it. The wisdom of God is discovered similarly to the same process as silver miners mine for silver. The richness and purity of silver is not found on the surface by stumbling upon it, miners have to dig and many times, dig deep to find the hidden treasure. Miners must respect and not “hurry” the process of extracting silver. Silver certainly goes through a refining process…and so do we.
Put your miner’s cap on and open God’s Word. As we read it, study it and dig deep – let us all be willing to go through the refining process to discover the hidden treasure – the wisdom of God.