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Do you have anything really precious that you take special care of? It could be a valuable sports card, a favourite piece of art, or a limited edition special handmade artifact. Maybe it goes in a special box, or plastic protection every time after you use it. You would never leave it haphazardly on the floor or forget it at a friend’s because when you have it out, it gets your full attention. This is how we should treat the Wisdom of God.
I remember my uncle chastising me for putting a glass of water on my Bible on one occasion. At the time, I thought he was being legalistic, but I now recognize that there was some truth in his concern. How we treat something shows us how much we truly value it. It was more an attitude of respect and reverence I needed, then simply a rule about using a proper coaster.
Wisdom is asking us to treat her as something special – to treasure her. Don’t take the truth of Scripture for granted. Continually pursue it. Be so in tune with her voice that you know Wisdom when someone speaks it. Don’t just hear it once and be done with it. Beg for it, chase it, constantly be in contact with it.
The search for Wisdom never ends, it just progresses as you build a firm foundation, brick upon brick. Think of it like a pirate treasure, and you have the roadmap marked firmly with an “X” for Christ. It is only then that we truly show we understand what we are dealing with – the very Word of God. Make Wisdom your treasure, and the payoff will be otherworldly.
Father of Wisdom, your words are more precious than any earthly object. Help us to chase after them with all of our energy, so that we know what it means to love you and treasure your knowledge. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.