Looking In The Wrong Places

They are never where she thought they should be.

Proverbs 2:1-22

Reference: “and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,” Proverbs‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: My daughter is always losing her keys. As a teenager this was frustrating as she would often get locked out of the house.  Now as an adult, however, this means she can’t drive which often results in her running late for work or other appointments.

Every week we are called upon to help her look for her keys. They always turn up and not surprisingly they are never where she thought they should be.

The first issue is that she never puts them in the correct place to begin with. But the second issue is that she does not look for them very thoroughly.

She doesn’t stop to think where she had them last, instead she just rampages through the house accusing everyone else of moving them.

Application: While it is rare for me to lose my keys, there are other things I often have to search for. When things are going wrong I need to put a lot of energy into searching for love, patience and wisdom. It is these things that seem to escape my grasp and I end up being selfish and irrational.

When Solomon wrote about wisdom in Proverbs he mentioned we needed to search for it as a hidden treasure. Keys are good to have but wisdom is precious. (In fact, if we had found wisdom in the first place then we may not need to spend so much time looking for our keys!)

If you found a hidden treasure it would have a significant impact on your life. So, too, with wisdom.

If you are willing to search for it (and I believe no matter how old we are, we still have some wisdom to discover) then your life will be changed in a substantial way. In fact, great wisdom leads to God, and there is no better treasure we could possibly find than the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, thank You that when we search for You, You make yourself available to us. May we grow in wisdom and truth as we search for You. Amen.

What are you searching for?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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