I’ve read one chapter a day through the book of Proverbs numerous times in the last few years, and it never fails that this is the verse that grabs my attention when I get to chapter four.
“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7.
My first reaction is to argue with it. Surely there are at least a few things that are more important than selling out to the pursuit of wisdom. What about loving the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength? Didn’t Jesus stress loving my neighbor as myself? Isn’t a good work ethic and taking care of my family most important?
Actually, yes to all of these being true, because it is wise to love God with all I am and all I’ve got. He made all I am and all I’ve got. And if I love him, I’ll look for ways to do all those other things. If I love him I’ll be all wrapped up in showing it by loving my neighbor and my family as myself and taking care of my business.
The last seven verses are feeding me tonight with practical instructions: Listen closely, guard my heart, keep my speech pure, fix my eyes straight ahead, keep my feet on the path of what’s good.
I can just feel myself getting wiser.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis