Did you ever misplace your car keys? I’ve done it more times than I care to admit. The search for them is always diligent and thorough. This is how God wants us to search for wisdom. Diligently and thoroughly.
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.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:3-6
I’d like to say that I have a thirst for wisdom and seek it diligently, but in all honesty, I can’t say that searching for wisdom is a part of my daily routine. So, how can I incorporate it into my every day? Here are some suggestions for you and me both that will help.
- Pray. “Cry aloud for understanding” indicates a plea for help. Ask God to help you gain insights while you read and study.
- Read your Bible. This is a given. Although I feel like “searching for hidden treasure” involves more than just reading. It involves coming up with questions as you read and searching the scriptures to study everything the Bible has to say on a certain topic. It involves using your concordance (or handy search-feature with today’s technology). It can involve reading commentaries and articles that other people have written and comparing it with scripture to come to your own understanding. It can involve discussing the scriptures with others to gain better insight. It can mean using reference tools that take you back to the original Greek or Hebrew for a better understanding of the meaning of certain words.
- Participate in organized Bible Studies. Studying on your own is great, but participating in a study with a group of people can be super-helpful too. Sometimes it just helps to bounce ideas back and forth and to see other people’s take on something you may struggle with. It doesn’t even have to be a big group. Mama Train and I spent over a year doing a Beth Moore Bible study together over Skype every Monday. We both learned and grew a lot in the process.
- Read, read, read. The book, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg is a great one. So is 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Crazy Love and The Case for Christ are both on my to-read list. Reading books about Biblical topics can be very encouraging and help give us perspectives we may have not come up with ourselves. Of course, the flip side of that is that we must be careful what we read and always compare what we read to what the scriptures actually say. The Bible should always be our reference and guidebook on any subject. Books written by us mere humans that lack the divine inspiration found in the scriptures can be fallible.