by Stan Mitchell
Did you ever have in your life a person who was truly wise, a grandparent, perhaps, or a favorite teacher? Did you ever wonder how he acquired that wisdom?
I doubt that this person you’re thinking of was in the sixth grade. Young people cannot be wise, nor should they be expected to be! But is an older person necessarily and automatically wise? Are wisdom and chronology synonymous?
“If you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:3-5, ESV).
Wisdom does not simply fall into our laps. Age and experience do not automatically guarantee wisdom. Wisdom must be appreciated, if it is to be sought, and sought if it is to be found. Look at the verbs Solomon uses: We need to “call out” for insight, “cry aloud” for understanding, “look for it” as silver and “search” for it as a hidden treasure.
The wise person must indeed gain his wisdom over time, but there is so much more that is needed. He must learn from life’s experiences, gain from his mistakes, seek the lesson to be learned in tough times.
Are you looking for something? You won’t find it unless you desire it!