July 17, 2013 by lellielieb
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. Proverbs 2:1-5
Wisdom is out there if we really want it. What I see in these verses, though, is the truth that if we want wisdom, we must seek it with an open heart. If we come to God with preconceived notions, walls, closed off portions of the heart, barriers, limits, or out-of-bounds designations, we can’t expect to be wise.
Too often in my life I have gone to scripture to prove my pre-conceived ideas. I’ve used concordances to look up verses that will promise me what I want or that will justify my actions. I never found true wisdom in that way. That method leads to being “driven and tossed by the wind.” (James 1)
The above verses tell us to receive, to listen, to lean in close, to be totally open to what God wants to teach. But the command is not just passive or receptive. We’re also told to call out, seek, and search. When we seek we have to be willing to find whatever God has for us. Too often I have searched only for what I wanted to find. An open search is dangerous, risky. Who knows what God might show us? Who knows what adventure in obedience and holiness might be just around the bend?
Wisdom sounds confining and scary. We “search” with our hearts barred because we’re afraid of losing freedom, when freedom can only be gained by an open-hearted search. I want to read through the Book of Proverbs in these next days with an open heart, fearing only God. I want to go into it without pre-conceived notions, without an agenda, and see where God leads. I want to be wise.