Turning My Ear to Wisdom – Proverbs 2

I went to see The Hobbit movie two nights ago with my family. Some of the verses in today’s reading from Proverbs 2 make me think of the slimy, evil orcs that “walk in dark ways,” and the smaller folk that bravely proceed on their quest anyway.

But even more I’m seeing a familiar image, like one I saw in the first chapter yesterday; wisdom as a woman raising her voice in warning to those who reject instruction, knowledge, and advice. Chapter 2 looks similar. A parent instructs the child, “…and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:3-5 NIV.

Wisdom is calling out in chapter one, and in chapter two I’m admonished to do the calling out. Maybe this speaks to me because I’m normally an introvert, a quiet person, kind of like a hobbit. But seriously, I’ve got to go on a search for wisdom like I need its hidden treasures desperately–because I do need them desperately. Many verses in chapter two talk about the difficulties and death that lie in the path. Wisdom will help me stay close to the One who “… guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.” (verse 8)

I hope you’re reading along with me. You’re sure to find nuggets of treasure that I’m passing by. Leave a comment if you like, and join me tomorrow for chapter three on January 3.

“… and find the knowledge of God.”

The Biggest Best Thing – Proverbs 4:7

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.  Though it cost all you have, get understanding” Proverbs 4:7 (NIV).

Like standing in a racing wagon with my bonnet blown back, feet braced, pulling the reins and yelling “Whoa,” it’s my job to direct my anxious thoughts.  The distractions of life are fierce for me this time of year, and I often feel obliged to race after every good work that enters my head for my family, my community, my world.  But wisdom keeps my holiday stress under control and my horses where they belong.

The most important thing is wisdom, with the emphasis on the word thing; more important than any thing, than every thing. I know following Jesus, working hard, loving my neighbor, is what I am called to do. Other than these values, what thing should I acquire? Wisdom.

If you’d like to follow me in my pursuit of wisdom, I’m going to post my daily proverb and comment, and I’d love to hear from you, either here or on Facebook.  Let’s start January 1 with Proverbs chapter 1.  I’ll post a favorite or two from that chapter, then on January 2 I’ll do the same with chapter 2.

Wisdom says, “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me” Proverbs 8:17 (NIV).

by Kathy Sheldon Davis