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Still pursuing wisdom

January 23, 2016

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The Verse of the Day for January 23, 2016 can be viewed as a follow-up to the Verse of the Day from yesterday where we focused our attention on the verbs, “ask, seek, and knock,” as revealed in Matthew 7:7-8. Today we are looking at the blog entry posted a year ago which has been modified, as we direct our attention to James 1:5 (NKJV) where we are encouraged to ask:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

The Verse for Today brought to mind the exhortation to pursue wisdom. Asking God for wisdom can be seen as part of our pursuit of wisdom which we are asked to do, not only James 1:5 but throughout the Book of Proverbs as well. Note what Proverbs 2:4-6 has to say:

4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

The idea of pursuing wisdom brought to mind an incident that occurred almost fifty years ago. Having been drafted into the Army in 1967 during the Vietnam era, I was in basic training during the first weeks of the New Year. 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 IG 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 than 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:

In Pursuit of Wisdom

13 Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man
who finds skillful and godly Wisdom,
and the man who gets understanding
[drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences],

14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver,
and the profit of it better than fine gold.

Proverbs 3:13-14 (AMP)

To cause to flee as one chases an enemy,
To relentlessly follow and then overtake,
As a hunter reads footprints and tracks down his game,
Likewise, wisdom arouses me as I awake.
Desire, a fire, flames the passion deep within me.
Though I have felt her touch and kissed her lips before,
As a lover pursues his beloved, so I
Yearn to be with wisdom, to know her even more,
Assured that all who pursue her shall also find.
As the sun rises to follow its daily course,
With zeal I seek wisdom with my heart, soul and mind,
As one traces a winding river to its source.
As one forsakes all to pursue a priceless treasure,
So I seek the Spirit of wisdom’s good pleasure.

Reflecting on an experience that occurred almost fifty years ago, I recognize that I am still asking for wisdom while earnestly seeking to find knowledge, understanding and all the attributes of God.

I conclude this blog entry with a song of worship that also came to mind, “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee” with lyrics by Don Moen:

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 4

May 10, 2013
This photo taken at Indiana Dunes State Park brought to mind a childhood experience that I related to the pursuit of wisdom, as I reflect on wisdom while reading from the Book of Proverbs.

This photo taken at Indiana Dunes State Park brought to mind a childhood experience that I related to the pursuit of wisdom, as I reflected on wisdom while reading from the Book of Proverbs.

While preparing this reflective entry on wisdom from the Book of Proverbs, I thought about the exhortation to pursue wisdom; this challenge resonates throughout the 31 chapters containing Solomon’s advice to son.

I recall going on a field trip to the Indiana Dunes State Park, outside of Gary, Indiana, when I was in middle school, what we called “junior high school,” back in the day. Somehow I came across a small stream running through a wooded area. As I followed the creek through the winding woods, I was determined to find the area where the stream began, but as I progressed, the size of the stream remained the same and continued to flow on endlessly. After about a half an hour, I realized that I needed to get back to area where we supposed to meet before departing on the bus and returning to “the Steel City.” When I arrived at the place where we were to meet, I learned that I was quite late, and that I had delayed their departure.

As I was reading from the Book of Proverbs once again, this experience from my childhood came to mind, in light of the exhortation to pursue wisdom, to search diligently for wisdom, and wholeheartedly seek to find this valuable spiritual entity. I also thought of the following poem that is related to this topic:

In Pursuit of Wisdom

 13 Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man

 who finds skillful and godly Wisdom,

 and the man who gets understanding

 [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences],

 

 14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver,

 and the profit of it better than fine gold.

 

 Proverbs 3:13-14 [Amplified Bible]

 

To cause to flee as one chases an enemy,

To relentlessly follow and then overtake,

As a hunter reads footprints and tracks down his game,

So your fragrance arouses me as I awake.

Desire, a fire, flames the passion deep within me.

Though I have felt your touch and kissed your lips before,

As a lover pursues his beloved, so I

Yearn to be with you and to know you even more,

Assured that all who pursue you shall also find.

As the sun rises to follow its daily course,

Zealously I seek you with my heart and soul and mind,

As one traces a winding river to its source.

As one forsakes all to pursue a priceless treasure,

So I seek the Spirit of Wisdom’s good pleasure.

Although that experience occurred almost sixty years ago, I am still earnestly seeking to find the source of all life, the river of life, from which flows wisdom, knowledge, understanding and all the attributes of God.

I conclude this blog entry with a song of worship that also came to mind, “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee” with lyrics by Don Moen:

This blog entry is the first in a series featuring "a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring “a daily dose of ‘words to the wise,’ poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.”