My Lover

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 4

Gold Nugget
Verse 6: "Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you."

I really love how Proverbs speaks in a language we can understand. To just say, "Stay true to wisdom and wisdom will keep you from being overtaken", just doesn't ring as close to home as "Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you". When Solomon put these words to scrolls, we inherited the profound gift that he received from God. His treasure was made available to all who seek it. Using a little imagination, we are asked to see "wisdom" as a person. Solomon speaks to men as if wisdom was a lover. Those of us who have been in love are aware of the drastic, potentially crazy, and unlimited lengths we will go to in order to catch and embrace that lover. Proverbs illustrates to us that the passion we would have for this potential lover is the same level of passion it will take to catch and embrace wisdom. There isn't a mountain too high, a valley too low, a river too wide that could keep us from our lover. Proverbs teaches us throughout the book that she (wisdom) is more precious than silver, gold or rubies and there is no limit to what we will do to find this treasure. Seeking after wisdom with this degree of passion is a distant concept to most of us, but it will take nothing less to obtain it. I wish I could say that I always have this level of desire for her, but in fact, it comes and goes. The one thing that I can say for sure is I have had it more and more over the years and can't go as long without embracing her as I used to. The truth is, to love wisdom is to love a character trait of God. He is wisdom. This passion that I have for wisdom is a passion for Him. His wisdom is like the words of a lover; we hang on each part that's spoken. To gaze into His Holy Word is like gazing into a lover's eyes. You can get lost for hours. Today's "gold nugget" reminds us of our true love and how we should not forsake wisdom, "Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you." The next time you hear someone say they are in love with Jesus - don't think them strange. Consider how much you may be missing by not pursuing God through His wisdom and Word with such intimacy and passion.

Lord, thank you for reminding me of who you are and what your Word means to me. I thank you for showing me the immeasurable joy and passion that comes from having an intimate relationship with you. Amen

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