⌊Wisdom⌋ is a tree of life for those who take firm hold of it. Those who cling to it are blessed.
By Wisdom the Lord laid the foundation of the earth.
By understanding he established the heavens.
By his knowledge the deep waters were divided, and the skies dropped dew. (Proverbs 3:18-20 GW)
(Context—Proverbs 3:13-20 GW)
What's your great pursuit in life? What do you put most of your energy and interest into? Success... fame... love... pleasure... honor... respect... fulfillment... peace... contentment...?
Short-sighted pursuits are easily short-changed, even leaving a person empty. Taking the longer view may lead to discouragement and impatience along the way.
When the focus of our pursuit has an enduring and essential value, benefits come with the pursuit. This is the benefit and promise of pursuing godly wisdom.
Countless people who've attained lofty goals and pursuits experience an emptiness that seems unfillable. This is the honest admission of many athletes, entertainers, and successful business people.
Why? Their goals and accomplishments—no matter how significant—were neither enduring nor essential to life.
The value of godly wisdom exceeds any treasure or riches someone can possess and outstrips any desire known on earth. And yet, fulfillment and a measure of wealth, even contentment, are benefits promised along the path of a life that pursues godly wisdom.
The wisdom of God is a tree of life that grows and spreads its branches as its roots deepen in a person's heart and mind. It grounds a person in the very foundation and origin of all creation.
This wisdom enables a person to endure and weather the storms of life while drawing life and nourishment from the sun and earth of God's goodness. It's a worthy life pursuit.
Is your life grounded in godly wisdom or are you pursuing other things? Those who pursue, take hold of and cling to the wisdom of God will reap great benefits and fulfillment in life.
Be willing to lay your goals, desires, and hopes in God's hands. Ask for and trust Him to guide you each day by His wisdom planted in your heart and mind.
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