Want to know a little known fact about me?
I am a treasure hunter! I always have been.
When I was a kid, wherever I was I always looked for hidden treasure. And usually, I would find something amazing, even if I was the only one who thought so! Whether it was in a book, in the forest, on the beach, in an antique store, at a garage sale or in my mom’s closet, I was always on the hunt. Eyes open, ears listening and my mind intently focused on the discovery of some item or factoid.
I am still like that today! Last summer, for instance, we went to a beach that is famous for its beautiful seashells. I was in my happy place! I sat on the beach in the middle of thousands of shells and dug and dug—looking for that prized shell. I dove down in the strong current to bring up a find. I walked the beach, head down—just looking. Call me happy!
Superkid, I want to talk to you about being a treasure hunter. Not the kind you see on reality TV shows, but a daily hunter of WISDOM. Proverbs is the place to learn about wisdom, so let’s start in Proverbs 1:1-4, New Living Translation, with these things in mind:
- These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
- Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.
- Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just and fair.
- These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.
King Solomon wrote most of Proverbs, and it is particularly addressed to his child. In 1 Kings 3:12, God said, “I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have!” (NLT).
Treasure hunters, listen to what He has to say—especially since He is addressing YOU! God has provided all the wisdom you need, but you have to value it enough to be on the lookout for it and to notice when it comes.
Every treasure hunter has to have the right gear to collect the treasure he or she is looking for. When I was looking for shells, I had to have a shell bag to put them in. But my other gear came included in my physical senses of sight and touch. I had to use my eyes to look; and when digging in the sand, I would use my touch to find the shells that were buried.
Proverbs 2:1-5 tells us what our wisdom hunting tools are. It says, “My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. 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” (NLT).
Listening, choosing to treasure, tuning your ears, concentration, crying out, asking, searching and seeking are your treasure tools. They pretty much engage your five physical senses, and the power of your spirit and soul, too. The good news is, God made us to receive wisdom this way! You’ve got what it takes already!
Superkid, like panning for gold in a stream, there are many ways in which God will bring you the wisdom you need. The first thing to know is that ALL wisdom flows from Him, and you can count on Him to faithfully send it your way. In speaking of Jesus, Colossians 2:3 (NLT) says, “In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” With that settled, let’s look at one primary stream God planned to teach you wisdom.
Give them a shoutout: “YAY” for PARENTS!
It’s not always easy being your instructors of wisdom, especially when you resist or refuse the wisdom they bring. King Solomon, the wise, says in Proverbs 1:8-9, “My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck” (NLT).
See? There it is! The crown jewels. The golden treasure. And it comes during correction and instruction—just the time some kids may not have treasure hunting on their minds. But not you, Superkid. Just remember when it’s happening, wisdom is treasure, wisdom is treasure! And remember your Treasure Tools! The amazing thing is, just like a golden crown or a gold medal hanging around your neck, wisdom becomes clearly visible to others as you value it and walk in it. Others will begin to treasure the treasure they see in you, and Superkid, that’s just the way the Father planned it!
Happy treasure hunting, Cadets. More treasure coming your way next month!
Commander Kellie ♥