“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 5

The Book of Proverbs encourages us to pursue wisdom, as one would pursue hidden riches or treasures

The Book of Proverbs encourages us to pursue wisdom, as one would pursue hidden riches or treasures

Although several days have passed since my last blog entry on wisdom, I have been thinking about the subject nonetheless. Here are “Words of Wisdom” –a daily dose of “words to the wise” for Day 5, mindful that the number 5 represents “God’s grace,” once again so gloriously displayed.  The poem for today is directly related to the previous entry for Day 4 “In Pursuit of Wisdom,” in that I write about the subsequent demonstration that indicates that an individual is serious in terms of pursuing wisdom.

An incident came to mind that occurred while I was in basic training, after having been drafted into the U.S. Army back in 1967. At the end of the training period, we were told to prepare for a thorough inspection of our barracks by the Inspector General. I recall that I had received my first pay which I had placed in the bottom of an empty stationery box that I had hidden underneath some of the clothing items that lined my footlocker. In my haste to prepare for the I.G. inspection, I inadvertently threw what I thought was an empty box into the trash which I later recalled having thrown into the dumpster behind the barracks. We passed the inspection with flying colors and our company performed well on the parade field, being selected as the group with the best formation. As a result, we were given a pass to go into the neighboring town for the day.

As I went to get my pay which I had stashed away, I realized that I had thrown my month’s wages into the trash, as I remembered what I had done in preparing my footlocker for inspection. Without hesitation, I walked swiftly to the back of the barracks and climbed into the dumpster. In pursuing the object, I ignored the strange looks and snide comments and inquiries that asked “Johnson, what are you doing? What are you looking for?” I walked over to the area where I recall that I dumped the trash, and I diligently searched for and finally found the box that contained the money that I was looking for.

The Bible urges us to follow after or to pursue wisdom in the same manner that you would seek to find hidden treasures, such as silver or gold. In a similar manner, the object that I was seeking was more valuable to me that the embarrassment or inconvenience that I had to endure in order to obtain it.  When I jumped into the dumpster without hesitation, I demonstrated the essence of message of the following poem:

The Proof of Desire

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts,

but especially that you may prophesy.

I Corinthians 14:1

The proof of desire is pursuit.

Mike Murdock

 

In each new season may my life abound with fruit,

As I follow after God and seek His favor,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

 

This passion to please is my relentless pursuit,

As I seek to taste His goodness and to savor.

In each new season may my life abound with fruit.

 

As a seasoned tree is strengthened from leaf to root,

I flow with fullness of joy as I labor,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

 

Though I may seek as silver His wisdom and truth,

This life swiftly passes, fleeting as a vapor.

In each new season may my life abound with fruit.

 

I have yearned for God’s presence, even as a youth.

I now forsake all to scale the heights of Mount Tabor,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

 

I ever seek to know God’s will and to do it,

To follow in the steps of Jesus, my Savior.

In each new season may my life abound with fruit,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

 

Recently my thought have so frequently turned toward my experience in the military back in the late Sixties, during which time I experienced a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, and I have never been the same. I continue to pursue wisdom as a demonstration of my desire to please God in all that I say and do.

I conclude this blog entry with a YouTube video of “Words of Wisdom from the Bible—Pursuit of God’s Truth,” a song entitled “Wisdom Calls” by Seven Days, from their album “The Weight of the World.”

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