…. indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
There are many supposed virtues or causes that we regularly feel compelled to chase after – prosperity, adventure, busyness, status, body image and, yes, even knowledge. Some of these are noble pursuits, or are at least partially noble. However, according to the author of Proverbs, it is the pursuit of wisdom that brings about moral clarity and, in the end, human flourishing.
Wisdom doesn’t just happen to us, we must chase after it – “if you call out…and cry out…” In a world of competing visions of noble pursuits, we would do well to remember the words of this proverb, to chase after wisdom, to chase after and seek the enfleshment of wisdom, Jesus Christ. It is there, in his wise embrace, that we “find the knowledge of God.”
Father of all wisdom, give us the desire for your holy wisdom, the wisdom that grants moral clarity and leads to true human flourishing. May your Spirit empower our seeking after your wisdom, which is most fully known in the work and person of your Son, Jesus Christ. Today, as we go to class, study, eat and talk with friends, awaken us to the treasure found in chasing after your Wisdom, and may we find him. Amen.