Wisdom is a product of insatiable desire. Solomon, who at least at one point was the wisest man on the face of the earth, gives instruction to his son and all of us about how to gain wisdom. A foolish man could care less about this type of instruction because he thinks he is wise on his own. He does not know that wisdom is something that must be gained. And it is gained only when it is sought with aggressive tenacity.
In his fourth chapter of Proverbs, Solomon uses 37 imperative commands in 27 verses to try to drill this in the head of his son and all of us. Pull these commands out and you will be overwhelmed by his urgency. The wisdom, even of this call, is found in the repetition and intensity of his commands.
HEAR the instruction
DO NOT ABANDON
HOLD FAST my words
DO NOT FORGET
DO NOT TURN AWAY from my words
DO NOT FORSAKE her
HEAR and ACCEPT my sayings
TAKE HOLD of instruction and DO NOT LET GO
DO NOT ENTER the path of the wicked; DO NOT PROCEED, AVOID, DO NOT PASS BY, TURN away, PASS on
GIVE ATTENTION to my words
INCLINE your ear
DO NOT LET THEM DEPART from your sight
KEEP them in the midst of your heart
WATCH over your heart
PUT AWAY a deceitful mouth; PUT devious speech far away
LOOK DIRECTLY ahead
FIX YOUR GAZE straight ahead
WATCH the path of your feet
DO NOT TURN to the right or left
TURN your foot from evil
Did you just skim through that list, or read it carefully? It indicates something. It would seem that wisdom (which is synonymous in the Proverbs with Christ Himself who IS wisdom) is gained through intense desire. Only those who are so aware of their own foolishness and inadequacies that they pursue Christ and His words with passion will gain that which is life indeed.
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