January 12, 2023
Bishop, W. F. Houston, Jr.
***C H O F Ministry Bible Study Reading:
Proverbs 4:1–9 (MSG)
*C H O F Ministry Focal Verse:
Proverbs 4:1 (AMP)
And pay attention [and be willing to learn] so that you may gain understanding and intelligent discernment.
The world's largest gold nugget was discovered in Australia by two people who were not born there. When one of them was excavating around the roots of a tree in 1869, he found a gold "nugget" that weighed an estimated 158 pounds. It was known as the "Welcome Stranger," and it had a value equivalent to almost $3 million in today's money.
Wisdom gained through spiritual development is more precious than gold. In the verse that we are looking at today, we see the characteristics of divine knowledge and its benefits. The fear of the Lord is the starting point for everything since He’s the source of all insight and proficiency.
Next, we must realize that searching for wisdom is an interpersonal endeavor. (Prov. 4:1–3). In this particular illustration, a father is seen instructing his son. In any event, we’re not the only ones here. We gain knowledge in the company of others, including members of our family and other believers. As we've seen, putting one's knowledge into practice is quite essential; nevertheless, there's no requirement to do so all at once. The process of learning involves both the person and the community.
The last thing we should do is understand how precious wisdom is: "."
(v. 7). Just like Jesus' parables about the treasure and the pearl, (Matt. 13:44–46), the pursuit of spiritual wisdom and knowledge is deserving of our total devotion. One of the reasons is the many benefits they offer, one of which is life, (Prov. 4:4), safeguard against deviating from the path of righteousness (v. 6), as well as respect or dignity (vv. 8–9).
Now, what kind of reaction should we have to these facts? The use of imperative verbs in this paragraph indicates that we are to "get," "seize," and "keep" the wisdom that’s presented to us. We need to have a persistent and unyielding commitment to gaining spiritual understanding. We are to follow its lessons, as seen in “do not forget . . . or turn away” and “do not forsake.” In addition, spiritual learning is emotionally charged: We’re to “love,” “cherish,” and “embrace” it.
Let Us Pray:
Dear Heavenly Father, You are the most authoritative source of knowledge, and yet You have made us so that we can gain understanding from one another. We ask You to continue enlightening our minds about the foolishness of specific influences and to pull our hearts to those who are wise.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.