(Proverbs 8:17 KJV) I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
What does it take to know wisdom? Both translations attempt to get at the key quality. Both talk about seeking but put different adverbs as modifiers. There is only one word and its meaning includes the modifiers.
The NASB says “diligently seek” (7836) for the KJV “seek early”. This brings out the need to be focused and aggressive in wanting to know wisdom. While it is true that salvation is a gift based on grace and faith, it is also true that the life we are to live expects discipline and growth. That means that we need to be serious about learning, growing and improving.
We all enjoy the serendipitous moments of life. Surprises can be wonderful. The law of unintended consequences sometimes provides a pot of gold. Our spiritual lives are like that. God gives good gifts to His children but don’t build your hope for the future on the chance that irresponsibility will be overcome by grace.
So? Wisdom is good. Wisdom is important. It doesn’t just happen. Be diligent in seeking it. Start today.