And if you look for it (wisdom) as silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
(Proverbs 2:4, 5)
My cousin and I once spent the better part of a week digging a two or three foot hole around a large stone that we believed was the grave-site of a First Nations chief. The large rock stood overlooking a valley on their farm and, in the minds of two ten-year-olds, was the perfect marker for a warrior or hero. Our efforts landed us a handful of triangular rocks that might have been arrowheads; or might have been triangular rocks. The hours “lost” over false treasure were rewarded with rich friendship that was worth more than any archaeological find.
Many times we sell ourselves for things that we think are important, but find that what we fought for is not worth our efforts. The riches, which are fleeting and are literally here today and gone tomorrow, are not the treasure which the Proverbs encourages us to seek.
Jesus put it this way: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth ... But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven ... Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
Note that wisdom will save us, protect us, and keep us from perverse men and women. The second chapter of Proverbs shows the two sides of the coin; those who find treasure that lasts, and those who spend their lives on that which leads down an errant path. It makes me ask, “What are the things that I’m spending my time and energy for?”
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