Proverbs 4

For the next several days I’ll be leading a daily reading of Proverbs. It is a book in the Bible which offers both practical wisdom and eternal perspectives. Join with me each day in reading a chapter. I will offer a reflection on one verse or topic from each chapter.

Our lives are full of competing priorities.

As we pick and choose what we should do, say, think about, build upon, or ignore…   it is important to remember that some things (even though they may not have an immediate payoff) are extremely important.

Seeking wisdom is one of those things. What is wisdom exactly? There are many definitions, but the way I like to think of it is this: wisdom is that special blend of practicality, perspective, and commitment to long-term fundamental development that allows people to move their lives in a positive and meaningful direction.

Proverbs 4 is ALL ABOUT this.

The specific verse I would like to highlight is Proverbs 4:7

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
   Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

I can’t help but thinking that this is a basic lesson in God’s great economy of things: if you have a practical, God-centered perspective that is committed to the long-term development of faith and life…   good things will happen!

In our daily lives of competing priorities and emphasis on immediate gratification…   it is helpful for us to hear that WISDOM comes with time, patience, effort, and a commitment to put the pursuit if it before all other things.

The bad news is this may mean some significant lifestyle changes.

The Good News is this may completely change our lives for the better.