Something has begun to stir up in my heart recently. I want to build my life upon it. Here it is: it is more desirable to possess wisdom, the Scriptures say, than any other thing. Seek wisdom more than riches, Solomon urges. Treasure her above pleasure. Prefer her over power. If we earnestly meditate on this, we realize that God has a very high regard for wisdom. He delights in it. He desires it from us as His children. This is serious.
And it brings up a question: why do we, His children, not hunger more for it?
It is a strange thing: most people will speak of wisdom as a virtue, but if we are honest, so few actively seek it or measure their lifestyle by it. It is ‘optional’ – for the over-achievers. Why? Perhaps it is a symptom of the world we live in, a world where foolishness is promoted in many spheres (wise consumers\voters are not as easy to exploit). Maybe it is propagated by all our broken families that just don’t have the capacity or context for nurturing wisdom. Maybe it is also a fault of the church – in general focusing so much on getting us all out of hell and into ‘heaven’ one day – and neglecting to teach the practical stuff you find in Proverbs. There are probably many different reasons we don’t care about whether we are living wisely, or about how to grow in wisdom. Perhaps we don’t know why we should care. Riches, pleasure and power seem far more desirable. Even to Christians who read Proverbs and agree with what it says. Help me out here.
What is it that *should* make wisdom so desirable to us?
And if you had to try and convince another brother or sister about the importance of this issue, how would you try to explain it to them?