By Charles Stanley, Christian Post Contributor
January 15, 2012|9:29 am

Proverbs 2:1-7

Knowledge is a prized commodity in the world, but it is not of such importance in God’s kingdom. What the Lord values is wisdom (Prov. 8:11). He wants us to view life from His viewpoint and to evaluate everything according to biblical principles.

How do believers acquire this God-given insight? The obvious answer is that we must seek it. Too often, however, people who say they want to be wise do little to actually make that happen. Like any worthwhile treasure, wisdom must be actively pursued and carefully gleaned from its sources.

The first source is the Bible. The book of Proverbs teaches that we should pay attention to God’s life-giving words and hold His commands in our hearts (4:20-22). These days information is broadcast with the slant of the people who packaged it. The only way to know the right perspective-namely, God’s-is to read His ancient “broadcast” and apply its principles (8:33).

Another source of wisdom is the counsel of godly men and women (12:15). God at times brings fellow believers into our lives to offer biblical advice, encouragement, or reproof. In Proverbs, those who ignore the words of a righteous person are labeled “fool.” Don’t be foolish. Surround yourself with other followers of Christ who are also seeking wisdom as their treasure.

Our heavenly Father ensures that those who seek wisdom will find it (8:12, 17). Diligent believers will discover they possess abundant treasure: in addition to godly insight, they’ll have knowledge, discernment, and prudence-rare riches in the modern world. Use them well.

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