Wisdom: The Gift you search for

“For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

Proverbs 2:6

Wisdom is a gift. God created the world. He created in us the capacity to understand the world. He gave us the law and prophets. He gave us Jesus. He gives us the Spirit. He gives wisdom to those who ask. We do not construct wisdom (or knowledge or truth). We accept (or reject) it.

But wisdom is not a gift we passively receive. God does not download content into our minds as we lie in bed. Wisdom is a gift we seek.

Look at the active verbs in Proverbs 2:

My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, 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.

Turn your ear. Apply your heart. Call out and cry aloud. Look and search.

Pursuing wisdom is more like Easter than Christmas. On Christmas you run down the stairs and find the gifts waiting for you under the tree, neatly in one place, waiting to be unwrapped. On Easter you’ve got to search for those eggs. The eggs are there. They’re a gift meant to be found, but there’s joy in the search.

Or maybe it’s a little like mining with the expectation that the ground is filled with precious stones and medals. They were placed there before you ever started your search, but you still have to go through the hard process of digging up the dirt and stones. You will have to sift through a lot of useless material before you find that golden nugget placed there by the Creator.

Want wisdom? Ask God and keep digging. Dig in the ground where you know you’ll find it: Scripture. But dig elsewhere, too. God has stocked his created world with Easter Eggs waiting to be found. Move with caution and curiosity: Curiosity because God is immensely wise and his world is immensely large. Caution because there’s false gold everywhere that will take you away from the real prize. Deception is rampant. Search. Explore. Test. Call out to God. Repeat.

Receive it all as a gift with gratitude for the Giver.