Scripture: Proverbs 2 (focus on v. 3-5)
Observation: The writer encourages us to ask for insight from the Lord continually, searching for it just as we would search for treasure. When we faithfully seek the Lord’s wisdom, we will find God there.
Application: Have you ever done an escape room? Someone who must love puzzles and challenges far more than I do came up with this idea – lock people in a room full of hidden clues, and then give them one hour to figure out how to unlock the room and get out. (And for some reason, people are willing to pay $18 to be LOCKED IN A ROOM. America is a weird place.)
Word of advice: Don’t ask me to come to an escape room with you. You don’t want me on your team. Here’s what I do in an escape room: Enter the escape room full of excitement and anticipation. Let’s do this! Let’s unlock the room! Let’s get out faster than anyone has gotten out before! Ten minutes in: This is hard, I’m bored, and I don’t understand these clues, so I’m just going to stand here and touch a bunch of random things, scrunch up my face like I’m studying a hidden code, and pretend like I’m helping. News flash: I’m not helping. I am the weakest link. Goodbye.
Have you ever tried to figure something out, full of excitement and anticipation, only to realize it’s a lot more challenging and time-consuming to figure out than you had hoped? In that moment, you have a choice: give up or keep going, diving deeper into the unknown.
I feel like this often in my relationship with God. I desire wisdom and knowledge, and I start well – praying, seeking his guidance, listening for the nudge of the Holy Spirit. But then, when answers don’t come quickly, when things still aren’t clear, when my request for wisdom hasn’t come as frequently as I had hoped, I start to feel discouraged, confused, questioning if it’s worth even asking.
Ever been there? I bet you have. The writer of this Proverb offers encouragement for all of us:
“Search for them [wisdom and understanding] as you would for silver, seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.” (v. 4-5)
The quest for wisdom, the insatiable desire for direction from the Lord is worth the search.
Even when it’s hard.
Even when it doesn’t make sense.
Even when it feels impossible.
Wisdom is worth the search.
Will you keep searching?
Prayer: God, I pray that I won’t give up too soon. I pray that I’ll keep searching for the things I’ve asked you for, your wisdom for the things I feel like I haven’t received yet. What a relationship there is between wisdom and trust in you! I pray for hope today. Amen.