Proverbs 2: Seeking to be a Wise Young Person
I've spent many moments pondering where wisdom comes from. At times, I've wondered if my age leaves me unqualified to speak truth in the eyes of others. How do we approach Biblical wisdom and knowledge as young people? Is there a switch that flips on when we turn 40 or have X amount of kiddos?
Certainly, we gain wisdom with each year of life as we make mistakes and learn from them. But what does the Bible have to say about the topic at hand?
The Lord Gives Wisdom
Proverbs 2 gives us insight into what is at the heart of wisdom. Spoiler alert: it's not age.
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,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:1-5)
King Solomon shares these words with his young son. He tells him to receive his words, treasure his (and God's) commandments, listen closely, and incline his heart to understanding. He urges him to call out to God for wisdom and to seek it like the treasure it is. Then, he will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
The wise person is one who recognizes the treasure of knowing the Lord and His ways and seeks to know Him more diligently than searching for earthly treasure. They make it their goal to deeply know and love the One who is the wisdom Giver. He is their heart's greatest desire. This is the person to whom God grants wisdom—no matter their age.
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. (Proverbs 2:6-8)
Seeking Wisdom with a Humble Heart
One question we must ask ourselves is, "Why do we want wisdom from the Lord?"
If our quest for insight finds its end goal being viewed as wise by others, we reveal we are not seeking true wisdom that glorifies God, but instead, we are seeking false wisdom that glorifies self. Seeking wisdom in order to build up our own pride is foolishness.
The good and right motive for asking God for wisdom is to know Him more and receive knowledge of His ways that penetrates and changes the heart. This enables us to abstain from the sinful paths of the foolish—the very path on which a person seeking wisdom with a haughty heart will find her feet. But the Christian who looks to God with a humble heart and a teachable spirit will find the blessing of wisdom poured out.
And this wisdom, which only God can give, will act as a shield to the believer who sought it.
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,
delivering you from the way of evil,
from men of perverted speech,
who forsake the paths of uprightness
to walk in the ways of darkness,
who rejoice in doing evil
and delight in the perverseness of evil,
men whose paths are crooked,
and who are devious in their ways. (Proverbs 2:9-15)
Guarded by Wisdom
How beautiful is the truth that we, as God's children, can humbly approach Him, asking for insight, and He delights to answer?! What a precious gift we, as believers, should keep before their eyes.
Does He promise to give us omniscience or understanding regarding every life circumstance? Certainly not. But we can be sure that He gives us the wisdom we need to do the work He's called us to, fight the sins we're prone to, and grow in our love for the Lord (2 Peter 1:3).
Wisdom is a safeguard to the believer. Praise God that no matter our age, life stage, or background, we can seek it like silver, with a humble heart and find all we need to know about the gracious God who saved us and how to live a life that honors Him.
Brittany Allen is a follower of Christ, wife to James, and momma to two in Heaven. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically and thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to the Savior and to other women around them.