I'm pleased to post another excerpt from the Hero Handbook produced this summer to give men a devotional option that speaks directly into the lives and issues men face. If you like what you read click here to get your copy of the Hero Handbook.
Proverbs 4:7-9 “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.”
The central theme of Proverbs is wisdom. Know wisdom. Attain wisdom. Teach wisdom. Get wisdom. On several occasions, we read in the Proverbs that only fools despise wisdom. Proverbs 4:7 tells us that even if wisdom cost us all we have, we should get wisdom. Notice this instruction is that of an active nature. This is an active pursuit. No matter the cost, go and get wisdom!
Pursue wisdom. What does it mean to pursue? This could have a number of meanings; one definition of pursue is to “go in search of or hunt for.” A couple of illustrations of this definition are “The offices pursued the suspect.” or “He returned to school to pursue a degree.” Most men know the feeling of pursuing a woman that we were interested in (some more successfully than others!). In any of these examples we find a commonality of a goal or purpose in the mind of the one doing the pursuing.
God has a purpose for our lives: to be holy as He is holy. Proverbs teaches us that the key to this is wisdom, or the knowledge and fear of the LORD. If men are going to obtain wisdom and live holy lives of worship to the Father, this will not just happen because we intend to intellectually. It will happen because we know God more fully and respond to His Word and His Spirit. This will be a purpose that we must create and then pursue it passionately and relentlessly.
Up to this point in your life, has pursuing wisdom been a priority in your life? Have you settled for “common sense” or do you actively pursue God’s wisdom?
Would you commit today to actively pursue God’s wisdom by reading His word daily? Consider reading one chapter from the book of Proverbs every day to build in a habit for pursuing wisdom.
Written by my friend Casey Young @casey_young
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