Lesson 61

Have you ever been expecting someone with excitement? I remember waiting on my brother and toddler nephew to come visiting. I only saw them twice a year so each visit was met with anticipation. I would sit by the window and watch. Glancing at the clock and counting the hours since they left their home 500 miles away was done every 5 minutes or so. Every time a car would slow down near the house, my heart would race and my body would be tense as it was preparing to run outside to greet them. When they got there, the excitement and joy in me was indescribable. Does that show you how much love and affection I felt toward them?

What things in life do you have excitement for and look for with restrained joy? I bet wisdom is not one of them.

Blessed is the man who listens to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway. (Proverbs 8:34 NIV)

According to Proverbs, maybe we should have an excitement and deliberate search for wisdom. “Blessed is the man who listens to me….” Why wouldn’t we listen to wisdom? It’s not like we don’t want to hear it, right? We always listen to wisdom, right? Maybe not all the time……. One of the first things is to make sure that we are listening to wisdom. That can be tricking since so many people are out there giving us advice and their opinions. In their eyes it is wisdom. But how do you decipher all the stuff thrown at you and pull out the wisdom that you should be looking for? The most important thing to do is compare what the person has told you to scripture. If you are reading your Bible everything and are in constant communication with God, then you are more likely able to pull out the pearls of wisdom and ignore the arrogance of others. If you are still unsure, find a mentor that you know is solid and that you can trust. Talk to them about it.

“Watching daily at my door, waiting at my doorway.” Not only are we to listen to wisdom, we are to eagerly seek it out. We are to watch for with anticipation every day. Do you open up the Word, and look for those pearls? Do you listen intently to wise people and absorb what they have to say?

I would say that most of us don’t do this. We get excited about the next football game, the next movie coming out, our friends coming over, watching our email for the next correspondence, listening for the cell phone to ring. But for wisdom to enter our lives?

Today, examine your attitude toward wisdom. How eager are you to obtain it? How much are you willing to give for it?