FRIDAY, JUNE 28
“if you seek it (wisdom) like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints.”
Proverbs 2:4-8 ESV
OPTIMAL LIFE CHOICES: MAKE WISDOM A PRIORITY
Several years ago, because of all the tornadoes in the area, a developer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, offered an optional tornado-safe room in the new homes he was selling. Nine of the first ten buyers opted to pay the extra $2,500 for the room, which can also be used as a closet, bathroom, or vault when not needed for safety. The tenth couple, the developer said, were 75 years old and opted for a hot tub instead. (“Americans Are Facing More Disasters,” USA Today)
Their priorities were different. Given their age, they were not concerned about prolonging their lives all that much longer. They just wanted to live the rest of their lives in comfort. As we go through life our priorities change. When we are children our priorities might be toys and candy. As we get into our adolescence years our priorities may shift toward sports, school or our friends. And as we move into adulthood our priorities may shift into education, career, family or money. Our priorities are constantly shifting. However, the book of Proverbs reminds us how important making wisdom our priority is to making every other life decision.
Proverbs 2 uses the analogy of a treasure hunt to describe the priority of wisdom and the value of God’s wisdom for our lives. Proverbs 2:7-8 teaches that when we make God’s wisdom a priority God has a store room full of wisdom for us, and God’s wisdom will also be a shield of protection. In essence, God’s wisdom is our “safe room.” His wisdom provides the resources and protection we need for life.
I (Larry) remember sitting in NorthStar Church years ago after a series of my own poor choices and thinking to myself, “I’m too smart to be this stupid.” I had gone through a season where I failed to make wise and godly choices. In some ways it was a season of choosing to step out of God’s “safe room.” Have you ever had a season where you felt that way? Are you currently making Godly wisdom a priority? Talk to God about what His safe room looks like in your life.