Today's devotion from Proverbs 2.
I recently read a story that is a little out of place in our modern era. A pastor from Colorado died. That is unremarkable in and of itself. However, it is the story behind his passing that is mysterious. You see, this pastor died on a treasure hunt in New Mexico. He was described as an adventurer and an outdoorsman. So, when he heard that a millionaire named, Forrest Fenn, in the Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately, this pastor was not the first to die in an attempt to locate the treasure.
It is easy to condemn those who have died in a search for the hidden treasure. From the safety of our homes we can offer platitudes like, "No treasure is worthy your life." However, you and I have done great damage to ourselves and those that we love. I know that I have have caused myself stress and anxiety looking for much less than treasure in my own home. I have gotten angry with my children and fussed on them for losing things as silly as a remote control (like walking to the tv would hurt me.)
There are some things, however, that you and I should spare no expense in pursuing. Among those is wisdom. Solomon writes, "if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and discovers the knowledge of God." (Proverbs 2:4-5, CSB)
Why will the search for wisdom lead you to a reverence for God? The answer is quite simple: knowledge can be gained in many places, but God alone and give the gift of true wisdom. The difference is in purpose. Knowledge is the possession of facts. Wisdom is the ability to skillfully act based on fact. It is often applied to warfare or administration. Wisdom helps us understand that is not enough to know something. Knowledge is only useful and productive in its being acted upon and shaping us.
Many people know things, but God alone can give us the ability to skillfully live truth. If you are seeking knowledge, find it where you can. If you seek to live in a way that surpasses the expectations of this broken world, that is not a journey into the wilderness, but the very throne of God.