(Pro 18:15 KJV) The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
We have a lot of words that we would love to have applied to us. Don’t you wish you had this verse with your name in it? The key is the price we are willing to pay to earn the accolades. This is where we decide to go to lunch. Notice the two verbs, “getteth" (acquires NASB) (7069) and “seeks” (1245) . That means that the compliments are not delivered by Fed-Ex overnight but are grown like vegetables in the back yard garden. No one may be aware of how much you spaded and hoed. All they see are the great tomatoes.
You are obviously not God. You could not take a bunch of sand and gravel and turn it into a tomato. God caused the soil to develop and causes the chemical processes in the plant to produce something that is delicious and nutritious. All you had to do was sweat a little.
So? Grace is free. Wisdom is sought. Be a seeker.