Read Proverbs 2
Focus on verse 4-5
I have stated in the past that we tend to move toward whatever we focus our attention upon. If this is true, then if our focus is on worthwhile things our life will move toward worthwhile things. On the other hand it would seem that those who focus most of their attention on worthless, or negative things tend to live in a negative and unproductive manner. The upshot of it all then seems to be…be careful what you focus your attention on. There was a little old Sunday School song I learned as a child. “Oh be careful little eyes what you see” was one of the lines in the song. There appears to be more wisdom in that little song than I first thought, and today’s reading seems to reinforce the concept. “If you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (v. 4-5) The bottom line seems to be that we very often find what we are looking for in life. If we are looking for negativity – there is typically plenty around that we can find. If we are looking for reasons to be optimistic we can most often find these as well. It all seems to depend most upon what it is we focus on finding.
This metaphor of searching for wisdom as a person searches for buried treasure is interesting. As I consider how a person goes about searching for buried treasure, it occurs to me that there are some treasure seekers who have searched for years without finding what it is they set out to discover. At the same time they may uncover all kinds of valuable things that they did not intend to find. Searching for the wisdom of God appears to have similarities to this in that we most often enter into he search with a preconceived notion of what we think this wisdom will look like. What we do not realize is that though we may not find what we think we are looking for, we always acquire exactly what God knows we need. It is typically not until we look back with hindsight that we realize He showed us exactly what we needed rather than what we thought we wanted. Strangely, this realization alone is perhaps one of the greatest finds in this treasure hunt for wisdom if we only have the presence of mind to realize we have found it, and like a true treasure hunter, the wisdom seeker realizes that the search really never ends since there is always more to be discovered. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.” (Psalm 145:3)