Wisdom Is an Acquired Taste

The love of wisdom is not natural. Wisdom is something that you and your children must learn to love. Without wisdom life will not go well, you will live life like the fool, as one who doesn't know God. Paul calls living this way futility. This is not the life you want for your children. But remember, wisdom is an acquired taste. If you desire wisdom for your children, you must acquire a love for wisdom for yourself.

The beginning of Proverbs two describes the consuming passion necessary to acquire wisdom and the knowledge of God. There is a great sense of urgency in the first five verses of this chapter:

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding -- indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

Note the passion for wisdom and understanding in these phrases in the first four verses: "turning your ear," "applying your heart," "crying out for insight," "looking for wisdom like you would for hidden treasure."

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