There’s an important message in this chapter: acquiring wisdom, understanding, knowledge and discretion requires an effort! But the benefits far outweigh the efforts. Don’t let a day go by without learning!
If you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding —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. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
Dear God, help me not let this day go by without learning something of true and lasting value. May you guide me to sources of knowledge that will help me understand my world, myself, and my faith. Give me discernment, that I may know truth from falsehood, and understanding rather than mere information. And so may I be a source of wisdom and understanding for others. Amen.