“And 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. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:3-6

When we decided to dedicate our son at church, we knew we had to choose a passage from the Bible to be read during the service. As we were searching for the right passage, these verses from Proverbs leaped off the page.

In contrast to secular culture, which seeks status, fame, and wealth, we wanted — and still want — our son to strive to know God, understand His Word, and develop an honorable character.

He is entering middle school this year. Our desire more than ever is that God’s Word would give him wisdom and understanding as he navigates new responsibilities, new and old friendships, and new levels of peer pressure.

But these verses aren't just for our kids; they are for us adults as well. I find myself regularly crying out to God for His wisdom and understanding — as I train and discipline our children, as I seek to love and worship God, and serve Him by loving on our family, our neighbors, and even my perceived enemies.

While this can be a struggle at times, I can walk confidently, knowing that “He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones” (Proverbs 2:7-8).

Lord, You are more precious than any earthly treasure! Your wisdom and understanding are an amazing gift that You give to those who seek You. Lead us in Your wisdom as we make decisions throughout our day. Amen.

Action Step

Have you ever cried out or yelled at God? God hears us when we pray in our minds, but He also wants to hear us proclaim Him with our lips. Speak out loud to God, and ask Him to fill you with His wisdom today. Look for ways that He answers your prayer throughout the day.