Read: Proverbs 2
Key Verses: Proverbs 2:2-4. “Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.”
Devotional: I’ve searched for lots of things with intensity. Every so often (sometimes more than often) I lose my keys. I’ve flipped my house upside down, dug down into couch cushions and checked the dirty laundry for the last pair of pants I had on, only to discover my keys on the counter under yesterday’s mail. If you’re a lover of good deals then you’ve searched for the right price with that same intensity. Perhaps you’ve waited in those long lines, scoured the internet for the best prices or braved a Black Friday crowd in search of that illusive “steal of a deal”. Bottom line: we intensely search for what’s important to us. Maybe it’s your keys, a good deal or that perfect new house. We know how to search and we are often prepared to search for hours, days, weeks or months on end to achieve, accomplish or attain what we’re after.
I wonder how often we apply that same level of intensity to gaining wisdom and knowledge from God’s Word. According to Proverbs 2:2-4 we are encouraged to search for His wisdom as though we were searching for silver or hidden treasures. I could easily describe the search for my missing keys in that way but I’m not sure if that would describe my search for godly wisdom.
My search for godly wisdom looks more like a casual page flipping of a popular magazine while I wait in the doctor’s office. I flip from page to page looking for something that peaks my interest or that I find helpful at the time. If I see nothing, I flip to the next page or maybe even another magazine altogether. Sad right?
What if we searched God’s Word with the same intensity that we searched for our missing keys? We can’t go on with our day without those keys right? We can’t make any real progress without those keys? We’re simply at a standstill without those keys. God forgive me for casually perusing your Word. Forgive me for not intensely searching your Word for what I need for everyday life. Forgive me God for allowing my day to start or continue without first completing my daily search of your Word.
Take Action: Make a mental (or actually record it on paper) note of how often you search for stuff, missing keys or the best deal on the latest gadget. Compare the frequency of those searches with how often you intensely search God’s Word for answers. Make a commitment to start searching God’s Word with intensity and record His responses to your searches. Use those recorded “searches and responses” as an encouragement and to remind you of God’s faithfulness.
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