“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ears to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 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. ”
If you ever travel to a foreign country (no, Canada does not count ) it doesn’t take long to realize you are “not in Kansas anymore.” For me it happens when I get to the baggage claim area in the airport. As you wait for your bag and become hypnotized by the passing conveyor belt you start to hear a rumble of voices as people greet loved ones and talk to colleagues. Except this time you have no idea what they are saying and you feel like you are caught in a beehive of activity with no stinger to defend yourself.
It only gets worse as you interact in the cities or even get something to eat! Fortunately for us the rest of the world is more educated than we are in the US and learn more than one language. However, since English is their second language you have to listen so closely and lean into every word the servers or employees are saying just to survive. If you don’t purposefully seek understanding in those moments of conversation you will be lost.
Searching for wisdom is a lot like that. When you desire to know the will of God and are truly seeking wisdom in your life you have to lean in a bit more to understand it. You have to be willing to search for understanding if you ever want to achieve it.
Solomon gives us very practically wisdom when seeking to understand God in our life, and we see it in verses two and three. He says:
- Turning your ears to wisdom – We must start by turning our attention, our ears, to the voice of God and not the voice of the world. The voice of God needs to perk our ears like a whistle to a dog. It has to cut through the noise and affect our souls to draw our interest from the mass amounts of noise to the still small voice of God.
- Apply your heart – Saying you want wisdom and aggressively searching for wisdom are two different things. Something becomes important to you when your heart begins to ache for it. Only when the heart and soul of a person are starving for Truth do we change.
- Call out for insight and cry aloud – Solomon is saying don’t sit back and wait for wisdom to come to you through osmosis. You need to get aggressive, you need to call out for it, you need to get in your Bible, get in a Small Group, go to church, serve on a serving team, and, and, and. If you want something bad enough you do all that you can to achieve it so don’t wait.
Be willing to search and seek wisdom with passion and veracity. Change your prayer life to one of boldness and not just traveling mercies. Switch your Bible reading to wisdom mining and not loop hole diving. Desire an honest relationship with God and not a bumper sticker, wristband, window cling, t-shirt, or necklace only friendship.
As you begin the hard work of searching for wisdom, let God start to pierce through the noise in your world.