Do You Seek Knowledge?
5 The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
In whatever he does or believes, a wise person seeks knowledge.
Throughout my early adult years, I had many jobs. There was offshore roustabout, guitar teacher, oil and gas land man, church music/youth minister, industrial construction worker, residential carpenter, car salesman, and probably a few more that I can’t remember at this time. It wasn’t until my early thirties that I settled on a career of growing broilers, which I did for almost twenty years. Then in my late forties went back to college to learn how to design and build houses, later sold the chicken business, and have been building ever since.
Though at times I was often frustrated at which direction I should go, I feel fortunate to have experienced these different vocations and acquired the knowledge that I did. I would not trade the diverse experience for anything, as it has made me the person that I am.
With each new job, I was constantly asking questions, trying to be the best at my new task. Most of my supervisors liked this about me, as they knew I was doing all I could to excel. Only those who did not want me to succeed criticized my inquisitiveness.
Today’s scripture passage states it clearly. In whatever it is that we do in life, we should strive to be as knowledgeable as possible. The word “prudent” means that we show care and thoughtfulness in our tasks and how they will affect the future, and especially how they affect our relationship with God.
As Christians, it is our duty to acquire as much knowledge as possible about God and our Savior Jesus Christ. We should work just as hard to become “experts” at our Christianity as we would with our earthly vocations. After all, which one will more greatly influence our future/eternity and that of the people around us?
Prayer, teaching, and study of the scripture are the best ways to know God and His will for our lives.
Heavenly wisdom and knowledge should be our highest goal.
Questions To Ponder
How will you prepare?
Do you want to be simple or prudent?
Scripture Memory | February | Proverbs 18:2
“Fools have no interest in understanding;
they only want to air their own opinions.”