Proverbs 8

Proverbs 8:17

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.”

Proverbs is the primary wisdom book of the Bible and here ‘wisdom declares’ that those who ‘seek me diligently’ will find me. 

The ESV, NASB, RSV, NKJV all translate ‘seek diligently’. Other versions translate this as ‘search’.  None translate this simply as ‘look’. 

For the believer, God and His Word are my primary source for wisdom. Am I asking God for wisdom? Do I highly value wisdom? Am I looking for wisdom – never mind seeking it diligently? 

Asking would seem to be a good starting place:

James 1:5

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

Next might be to recognize the high value of wisdom:

Proverbs 3:15

“Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.”

Then to seek diligently in His Word for wisdom. Study the Bible vs just read it like a book.  Meditate on His Word vs just listen to a sermon or a podcast. 

Psalm 119:97-100

“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.”


Dear God, this morning I ask You for wisdom. Please change how I value wisdom and give me grace today to be diligent to daily meditate  on Your Word.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

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