The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.
Proverbs 3:7-8 (ESV)
The previous proverbs have already said that wisdom is more valuable than gold or jewels. They have declared that God created all things by wisdom. It only seems natural that anyone wanting to make sense out of living in this wisdom-created world would want to embrace wisdom with all their might. So, where does one start?
The goal must be to get wisdom. But true wisdom is a person. "He is he source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom…” (1 Corinthians 1:30). We don’t have to accumulate the collected knowledge of the ages. We don’t have to memorize the proverbs of Solomon, though that would not be a bad idea. We can have a meaningful relationship with the person who created all things, and who embodies all divine insight. As we walk with him, he gives us the insight we need to name what we must manage; the discernment to rejoice in good and denounce evil; the power to choose what he has shown us; and the grace to walk in the midst of turmoil with the calm Jesus in our heart.
He longs to protect us from the traps that have been set for our destruction. He delights in showing us the secrets of his majesty. He never sleeps and never gets irritated with our constant pleas for his help.
Wisdom doesn’t just happen. We set our goal to have it. We bend all other pursuits to reach it. We refuse to be denied it. And wisdom will make its home at our house.