It had been on my “bucket list” of things I wanted to do for awhile – climb Columbia Mountain with my brother, Wes. It would be quite a climb – a full day of challenging physical activity. The report, however, was the effort would be worth the climb – the view of the entire Flathead Valley would be absolutely awesome!
Wes and I tackled the climb (it was challenging!) and the hike was worth it (the view of the Flathead Valley was spectacular!).
During “coffee with the Lord” this morning I read of another “grand quest” – the search for “wisdom” and “understanding” – a lifelong pursuit, promising incredible blessing and benefit! Definitely worth the effort according to the report of the inspired writer-compiler of Proverbs (Solomon, the “wisest man that ever lived”).
Here’s the quest:
“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, 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… (Proverbs 2:1-4 ESV)
The anticipated goal – the promised destination and outcome…
…Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you! 12 delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech… So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.” (Proverbs 2:5–12, 20 ESV)
I just have to tell you… “Wisdom” and “understanding” – the God-given kind – are on my “bucket list” – they are a life-long quest with promised results that are wonderful and fulfilling! I want those qualities in ever increasing measure in my life! I’ll pursue God-given “wisdom” and “understanding” until the day I die! I’m convinced each day will bring fresh, fulfilling vistas of truth, insight and fruitfulness! Why not join me in the quest!