Well, what a blessing. I woke up and had a cup of coffee with my dad. :) He spent the night last night as he has been traveling on business in North & South Carolina. What a treat to spend time with him, walk to dinner, talk with him, have him give "the boy" his bottle for bed....then wake "the boy" up this morning so Grandpa could hold him and talk to him. So cute. It was definitely a blessed time. :) On top of that, I got some GIFTS! :) WHOOP WHOOP! :) Gotta love getting gifts! :) My mom sent a pair of jeans that she had hemmed for me AND mom & dad were over at my grandpa's house, and they found the ALLIGATOR JUICE MUG! So, I will have to post a picture of it to let you see it. How fun! :) What a "cirtsy" as they say in the south. A gift. :)
All right, let's jump into some Word this morning.
Proverbs 2:4 - IF you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures...
Proverbs 31:26 - She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].
So, WHO is she? Who is this Proverbs 31 Woman? What is she made up of?
Before we even begin, Proverbs 2:4 begins with the one, not so elusive word, IF. For ANYTHING to happen, for any treasure to be found, any good to be had, we have GOT to remove the IF.
With that being said, there is SO much just out of these 2 verses that we can take away.
Let's first take a look at seek and search. The Hebrew word for seek in this verse is baquash. Baquash means to seek, require, desire, request. To seek to find, to seek to secure, to seek the face, to demand, to require, to ask. The Hebrew word for search is chaphas. Chaphas means to search, search out, search for, search through, disguise oneself.
Look at our Proverbs 31 woman, she already possesses "skillful & godly Wisdom", she took the "IF" out of the equation. She made it happen. She already did what Proverbs 2:4 talks about....so, since she already possesses skillful & godly Wisdom, since she is ALREADY opening her mouth in skillful & godly Wisdom, let's take a look at how she got it.
We already read in Proverbs 31:15 that she rises while it is yet night and gets (spiritual) food for her household. She is spending time in the Word, she is seeking out the Lord. She is seeking to FIND what the Lord has for her, she is seeking to SECURE the Word in her heart, she is seeking the FACE & intimacy of our Lord. Not in a "nonchalant" manor, she is DEMANDING, REQUIRING & ASKING for it! She is not settling for just a "kum-by-yah" experience with the Lord. She is not settling for, "Oh, well, sometime, one day, in the sweet by-and-by." In her time of seeking, she is DEMANDING, she will not be denied, she will not leave empty handed.
What does she treat this time like? She treats it as searching for silver or hidden treasures. Silver refers to silver or money. Hidden treasures refer to treasures, a place where anything is buried or hidden. Specifically an underground storehouse.
Our friend, this Proverbs 31 woman, got down & dirty when it came to seeking out the Lord. Just like digging for a treasure, you would have out your shovel (or today, probably a back-hoe tractor), a plan of where to start & expectation that jewels will be at the end of your excursion. Our Proverbs 31 friend, with tooth & nail, dug into the Word. And through digging into the Word, she received her treasure. She received skillful and godly Wisdom and was able to respond to others and answer others through her Wisdom.
When King Solomon, the richest & wisest man to ever live had his opportunity to ask ANYTHING of the Lord. He did not ask for fame & fortune, beautiful women, to have a great physique, blessings, honor, love. No, he asked for Wisdom. And isn't it amazing, with Wisdom, the Lord gave him ALL the other things he did not ask for. He not only was the wisest of all Kings & of all men, but he also the richest.
So, today, can you make a decision to plan to seek. Can you make it a priority to seek out your Creator. Seek out Wisdom. Like King Solomon, many other riches will follow when you first seek out Wisdom. Set a plan. Set a date, an appointment on your calendar to DAILY seek the Lord, his plan & direction for your life. There are books to be written, songs to be sung, music to be made, inventions to be created. The All-Knowing, Wise King of Kings, has great things in store for you if you will just seek Him as seeking hidden treasure.
Will you remove the word "IF" today?
Have a BLESSED DAY! :)