“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.” (Proverbs 4:7)
Often in the Book of Proverbs, Solomon attempts to instill the importance to his young children that the acquiring of wisdom should be a priority. We often think of wisdom as something not attainable until you have a few gray hairs, but Solomon teaches us that the path of wisdom can begin as early as one is eager for it.
Wisdom leads us to make the right kinds of friendships. Wisdom leads us to choosing the right career path. Wisdom leads us to attend the right church. Wisdom leads us to know how to intentionally instruct and discipline our children.
And in this world, we can “get” many things. We can get new clothes, new shoes, new TV’s, a new car, new books, etc. Solomon says, “With everything that you will stockpile in life, make sure you don’t leave out or de-prioritize stockpiling wisdom.” Nothing that can be acquired in this lifetime compares to getting wisdom.
The word “get” (Hebrew qana) refers to the purchasing of something from another individual (e.g., like property). When you decide to purchase something, you evaluate the cost and return. You also evaluate whether to put your trust in the seller that the product will be sufficient to meet your needs.
Here, the seller is God – who is always trustworthy and fair. The cost (and how you get wisdom) is prayer – “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). The return is the joy of knowing you get to please god with your thoughts, words, and actions.
What priority does acquiring wisdom have in your life?