My oldest son, Andrew, is a true technology geek. He knows how to find any information he needs, usually in a matter of seconds. Often, when one of his brothers asks for information or wonders aloud about something, Andrew can be heard to say, “You have all the knowledge in the world at your fingertips and you’re asking me?” At this point, he holds up his phone with a silly grin on his face.
This actually ties in with a longtime family joke. As a homeschool family, we were all about instilling a love of learning. I can remember many times we would be sitting at the dinner table and one of the boys would ask a question. My husband’s quick answer was always the same. “That would make a good homeschool project.”
Both of these examples point to the same principle. If you want to learn something you have to be willing to search for the answer.
It’s no different with the study of the Bible. All through the scriptures, there is this theme of gaining understanding and knowledge but nowhere is it more prevalent than in the Proverbs.
I have been asking God for wisdom for many years. I’ve learned that it isn’t like asking a genie for a wish and it suddenly appears. Proverbs 2:6 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” But the five verses preceding verse 6 give us some insight into how that happens.
Verses 1-5 use words like receive, treasure, be attentive, incline, cry, seek, search, and discover. Those verses tell me that asking for wisdom isn’t a passive request. I don’t just make the request and then sit back and watch God deliver.
In order to gain wisdom from the Lord, I have to be willing to take action. I have to want it enough to go after it. I can start with one of those action words from the verses in Proverbs 2. I have to choose to sit in God’s presence and allow Him to impart His gift of wisdom to me day after day. It takes perseverance, but just gaining the wisdom isn’t the end of the story. You have to DO something with what you learn to make it truly valuable. To have the wisdom of God, to be able to speak wisdom into situations, to make right decisions, to help find solutions for yourself and others is well worth the effort.
Having wisdom and knowledge but not using it is as bad as not having it in the first place.
“How blessed is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding.” -Proverbs 3:13 (HCSB)