Find Wisdom, Find Life

Week 27: Find Wisdom, Find Life

Today’s Text: Proverbs 8-9

Key Text: Proverbs 8:34-36

“Happy is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD; but those who miss me injure themselves, all who hate me love death.”

There are some things worth searching for in life – and other things for which we dare not go searching.

Wisdom is one of those things – that is one of the things worth searching for in life.

Personified in the Proverbs, wisdom’s voice is heard time and again.

Her call is echoed by another’s call – that of the foolish, wanton woman – calling out, seducing one to self-destruction.

How do we know which voice to heed?

We know by spiritual discernment.

How do we come to have that?

With the study of scripture, with prayerful contemplation, with hearing and heeding the “still, small voice of God.”

I like how wisdom puts it in this proverb – “…whoever who find me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD…”

It is not necessarily material favor or blessing, but it may be.

The real treasure though, when we go searching for and finding wisdom, is that we live better, deeper, with more purpose, more sense of direction, and vocation.

We find life itself – and that is a priceless treasure indeed.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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