Posted by: mikenicholsblog | July 14, 2010

hokhmah

Proverbs 8:17
I love those who love me,
And those who seek me find me.

Simple words, but how profound!  Speaking of wisdom, the author of Proverbs tells us that wisdom is there for the taking.  The entire book is laced with the theme of wisdom.  In fact, the word itself appears at least 125 times.

From my study, I have found that the Hebrew word for wisdom (hokhmah) means “skill for living”, which is something that I believe we all desire.  If the Father tells us that skill for living is available, then why not go for it?  The sad truth, is that most believers fit Christianity into their world, without ever seeking Him and His Wisdom as a treasure.  I have read through Proverbs many times.   But, never with the intent of seeking wisdom as a treasure.  This year the Father is changing me through this great book, and I want to share with you what He is teaching me.

Our verse from Proverbs says, that those who love and seek wisdom will find her.  As you read this short devotional, ask yourself the question, “Am I really seeking after wisdom?”

And in your quest, is it a her, or Him that you are seeking?  In this life, you find her apart from Him.  But the skill for living kind, the only true kind, can only be found in Him.  Recognize this next verse?

Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10 (MSG)
Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-God,
insight into life from knowing a Holy God.
It’s through me, Lady Wisdom that your life deepens.

To me, The Message provides a great picture of what we all seek as believers.  We want wisdom that manifests itself as a skill for living.  A wise friend said to me recently, that he thinks the reason that Christians don’t get the wisdom of God is because the fear of God is missing.  Do we seek His Word and Will in every situation?  I am convinced that skill for living is there for the taking when believers thirst for God, and seek His Word and His Wisdom as hidden treasure.

Our verse says that “those who seek me find me”.  Don’t put those words through a filter and rationalize your weaknesses.  Accept them as a child would, and realize that the Father is just waiting to give you His wisdom.  I picture wisdom in the corner calling out … ”here I am!” …  As a believer in Jesus, when you seek wisdom, start with the Wisdom giver, and ruthlessly apply His counsel to every aspect of life.

Whatever your profession, teaching, business etc… today and this week you will be confronted with relational issues, hard choices, moral and ethical conflicts.  If you seek wisdom in these areas, believe He will give it to you, and see what happens.


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