A person’s spirit sustains him through sickness—
but who can bear a crushed spirit?
The discerning person acquires knowledge,
and the wise person seeks knowledge.
What you seek/pursue says a lot about you. It says a lot about your priorities and what is most important to you.
What is it that you seek? There are many things we can chase, many things we can spend our time pursuing. Some of us are pursuing careers in the hopes of retiring early. Others are pursuing careers in hopes of making a name for themselves.
Some are pursuing riches and they don’t care what it takes to get them there, they just want the big house and the nicest car.
Still others are pursuing themselves. They’re in love with who they are, and they want more of themselves in their own lives. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it’s true.
There are many other things people pursue. Some are pursuing fitness, others are pursuing food. Some are pursuing family, others are pursuing singleness. Some are pursuing purity, others are pursuing the wild life.
We are all pursuing something. Even if we think we aren’t pursuing anything, our lack of pursuit is a pursuit in and of itself. It’s a pursuit of laziness.
But, at the end of the day we’re all pursuing something. And it’s better to define what we’re pursuing so we know if we’re going after the right things. It would be better to know if you’ve been pursuing the wrong things all your life, so you know how to start making course adjustments to start pursuing the right things.
For me, I am trying to pursue a couple of things. First and foremost, I’m trying to pursue God and to have more of him in my life. Second, I’m pursuing my wife and my family. I have been trying to make minor course corrections in areas I’ve gotten off track so my family is healthy and loving. Third, I’m pursuing the role God has put me in at our church.
There are other things I’m pursuing, but most of my decisions come out of those three pursuits.
It is within the first pursuit that we find today’s proverb. As we have learned, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. So, part of pursuing God is pursuing wisdom. So, the person who is wise and discerning, seeking knowledge is a person who is seeking God.
So, let me as you again, what are you pursuing?