We all desire happiness. This verse says the way to happiness is to be a listener, a watcher, and a waiter. All these things are expensive--they are all costly of our time, our attention, and our passion. The rewards evidently outweigh the cost. For if we find Wisdom, we find life and receive favor from the Lord. If we fail to find Wisdom, we harm ourselves.

The real kicker is here: "all they that hate me love death." I have been there. I have hated the cost and I have not been happy, I have not borne fruit, and I have seen only death in my mothering, teaching, and serving. I have loved death because I have not paid the price to find life. "Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?" --Proverbs 17:16

I have reveled in death as I have refused to come to the source of Wisdom. I have lain stagnant because I have considered all other things more important than the getting of Wisdom. It is a starving, deathly place. If I would just have a heart for it and pay the price, I would be in a place where rivers of living water flow through me--a place where His power infuses me through the wisdom of His Word. His Word brings life. To love anything else is death.

Stop Thinking Frugally
The eternal rewards are worth more than the rewards any effort toward any other endeavor can bring. Though it costs all you have, get wisdom and understanding. You will be one of those the Lord will seek in order to fill your treasures. Anything it costs will be repaid eternally and exponentially. Let's plan to stop thinking frugally and choose to lavish our affections, our energy, our time, our desires, our wealth, and all of our resources in seeking after God and His Wisdom. Is it expensive? You bet--it costs all that we have, but it gives us all that God has!

Practically Speaking
Don't let the sun set without reading the Bible. Get a Bible reading plan. Put a Bible in a clear recipe stand near the kitchen sink. When you eat or wash dishes, eat some spiritual food as well. Put a Bible in the bathroom. Have your children read a chapter to you while you make dinner. Let them make posters of their favorite verses. If you have only little snippets of time, make the effort to use them to get into God's Word. Your happiness--your very life--depends on it.

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Deborah Wuehler is the chief contributing writer for Chapel, and Devotional Door/e-newsletter creator. She resides in Roseville, California, with her husband Richard and their six gifts from heaven. She loves digging for buried treasure in the Word, reading, writing, homeschooling, and dark chocolate!
www.HomeschoolBlogger.com/DevDoorDeborah

Copyright 2006. Originally appeared in Fall 2006. Used with permission. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Right now, 19 free gifts when you subscribe. www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com