Our daughter is moving into her first apartment this week (very exciting!), so we’ve done a bit of shopping. Okay, a lot of shopping. Yet, we both know what’s needed most in life: something too big to fit in a moving van and too valuable to put a price on.
God sums it up in one word.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
The beginning of wisdom is this:…
We’re talking about the very start of things. Not an empty apartment, but an empty planet, formless and void. “In the beginning God created…” (Genesis 1:1). Same Hebrew word, same meaning.
Our all-wise God wants us to put “first things first” (VOICE) and take “the first step to becoming wise” (ERV).
At the top of our daughter’s must-have list was a bed. Very sensible. But for the Lord, “wisdom is the principal thing” (ASV), because “the best thing about Wisdom is Wisdom herself” (CEV).
God repeats himself, wanting to make sure we don’t miss this important truth. “Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom!” (MSG)
Right. Got it. We’re talking “skillful and godly” (AMP) insight, not merely smart stuff dished out by intelligent people. You won’t find wisdom on the shelves at Target, Walmart, or T.J.Maxx. Nor can you buy it at a secondhand furniture store and slap a new coat of paint on it.
But you can acquire wisdom.
Wisdom comes from studying God’s Word: a priority, not an afterthought squeezed in between reading emails and pulling a bagel out of the toaster.
As I hurry past my Bible, whispering one of my so-sorry-I’m-too-busy excuses, the Lord tugs at my conscience, drawing me back. Not with guilt, but with love.
Sit with me, dear one. Read. Think. Apply. Store in your heart. Repeat.
Wisdom also comes from seeking God’s counsel through prayer: listening for his gentle guidance, rather than offering a quick thank-you before dinner or waving a wish list in his general direction.
Instead, we’re called to “go after Lady Wisdom!” (VOICE).
Pursue her. Capture her. And hold on tight.
Though it cost all you have,…
Uh-oh. All we have? “Yes, though it costs all your possessions” (WEB). So, we should return our daughter’s new mattress?
No. The girl’s gotta sleep. This is more about setting priorities and being willing to make sacrifices.
Time is what we value most. Every day has 1,440 minutes. Spending even 10 of them in God’s Word will give the other 1,430 more significance. This proverb challenges us to put wisdom “before anything else” (CEB), right there “at the top of your list” (MSG).
Money counts too. “Yea, with all thy getting” (ASV), we can also do some saving. As our daughter sorts through her old clothes, deciding what goes where, the pile for Goodwill is growing. So is her wisdom about future purchases. “Think before you buy” is always a good plan. “Whatever else you get” (GNT), wisdom will last the longest.
“Discernment, comprehension, and interpretation” (AMP) are the necessary steps after we “gain” (LEB) wisdom. Knowing what’s godly and right is one thing; the ability to “follow through” (VOICE) is what turns wisdom into experience, and experience into more wisdom.
So, we don’t just study about helping others, we don’t just pray about helping others, we actually walk out the door and do something for others, whether they’re a new neighbor or an old friend.
As the moving van pulls into our drive Saturday morning, I’ll be praying our darling girl leaves home with something more than kitchen curtains and colorful bath towels. “For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her” (Proverbs 8:11).
Now it’s your turn
- How high up on your list is getting wisdom?
Bless you for taking a moment to share your Comment below. And please forgive the late posting this week. You know why. That packing and moving thing.
If we memorize only one verse this spring, may these eight words ring in our hearts. “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.”
Your sister, Liz