Seeking God’s Wisdom (Proverbs 4:7)
Proverbs 4:7, Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
There is an ancient Indian legend of a king who loved chess. He challenged visitors to a game, and was usually victorious. One day a traveling sage visited the kingdom and was challenged to a game. To entice him to play, the king offered to give the sage whatever reward he asked if he won. When the king was defeated, to honor his word he asked the sage what prize he would like. The sage asked for one grain of rice to be placed on the first square of the chessboard, and then that it be doubled on each following square.
The request seemed modest, and the king ordered a bag of rice to be brought. One grain was placed on the first square, two on the second, four on the third, eight on the fourth and so on. But it quickly became apparent the terms of the request were impossible to meet. By the twenty-first square more than one million grains of rice would be required. By the thirty-first square the total would go over one billion—with more than half of the chessboard still left to go.
Small things have a big impact when they are added together. It is important that we seek God’s wisdom for every decision we make, regardless of how small it seems to us. When we add to our wisdom and understanding, it grows stronger and stronger.
We should set our priorities in life to be the same as God's priorities. Our priorities are wrong if our Father tells us to put something first in our lives and we fail to comply with His instructions. Let's look at the Word of God to see what our Father says about the priority His wisdom should have in our lives. Proverbs 4:7, Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Our Father begins this passage of Scripture by telling us to "get" His wisdom. We then are told that God's wisdom is "the principal thing." Webster's says that "principal" means "first in rank, authority, importance, degree." Our Father tells us to place our desire to receive His wisdom in first place ahead of our other desires.
We should be very thankful for all of the wisdom and understanding our Father has made available to us. Because of His grace we have been given the opportunity to put His wisdom to practical use throughout every day of our lives. The depth of God's wisdom and knowledge is immeasurable by any human standard of measurement We are told that God's ways are "unsearchable." Romans 11:33, O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! We must not underestimate the magnitude of the wisdom of God that has been given to us.
PRAYER: Father, Your Word says that You will give us wisdom if we will ask for it. Forgive me for all the times that I failed to ask You for it. Your wisdom is available to me at all times. Thank You for those You have allowed to come into my life to help me become wiser. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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