Active Pursuit

Let your heart hold fast my words;
Keep my commandments and live;
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!

Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;
Love her, and she will watch over you.

The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
— Proverbs 4:4b-7 (NASB)

Not Learning from Past Mistakes

It may as no surprise to anyone who has raised boys or grew up with a brother, but when I was a seven year old boy, I was pretty naive. I broke my arm jumping off of a swing set early in the year. Not great the first time around…

Two weeks after that cast was off this seven year old thought to himself, “Man, it would be REAL FUN to jump off the washing machine!”

Yeah... I broke my arm again.

Wisdom is…

The Hebrew word for “wisdom” (חָכְמָה / chokmah ) occurs over 140+ times in the books of the Old Testament with the vast majority appearing in the book of Proverbs. What does that mean? “Wisdom” is a BIG deal to the writer of Proverbs.

“Wisdom” can be defined as “knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action.” Wisdom is thus twofold: knowledge AND action.

These words from Proverbs 4 encourage an active pursuit of wisdom. We can gain wisdom from lessons learned, such as my lesson to be more careful after breaking my arm twice. However, we can also gain wisdom from growing in our knowledge and study of the greatest work of wisdom: God’s Word.

Actively Pursue

What has your pursuit of God’s Word looked like lately? Do you feel like a seven year old boy who breaks his arm, but still does not learn? Or are you in active pursuit of God’s wisdom on a regular basis?

Job 12:13 tells us that “With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding.”

Are you in pursuit of the only one who brings true wisdom and understanding?