Today’s reading: Proverbs 2
Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:3-5
Like a search for buried treasure-that’s how author Annie Dillard described a key to effective writing. She stressed that great ideas come for writers who diligently look for them by digging, seeking, asking, and probing.
She observed that many aspiring writers have the opposite idea. Hoping to put in as little effort as possible, they accept superficial results and want everything to come easily. In contrast, Dillard stressed that many important insights aren’t apparent on the surface: They only appear to those who dig, who keep digging, and who dig deeply. This is true even for the best writers.
The Bible describes a similar process for Believers. God has prepared overwhelming blessings for each of us-wisdom, insight, and understanding. But Solomon advised that receiving these things requires us to seek understanding as silver and approach it as we would search for hidden treasure. We must not be content with the superficial, shallow, and fleeting perspectives that are popular in the world. We need to set our sights on God’s wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and truths.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explained that the Father has much He wants to give you. However, you must “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
Remember that God has prepared countless treasures for you. However, you have a responsibility to pursue them by asking, seeking, and knocking. This means devoting yourself to prayer and reading His Word with renewed intensity. Dig deeper, and get ready to discover buried treasure!