Read Proverbs 30:1-33
He’d been watching things that happened around him. This man, Agur, found wisdom through observation. The way people and creatures live and move. He slowed down enough to notice.
“Every word of God is flawless, he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar” (vv5-6).
- Agur knew that what God has spoken is enough. Complete. There is nothing new under the sun. The sooner we realize that truth, and live accordingly, the sooner we will find the wisdom of life inside all that God has said.
“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God” (vv8-9).
- Agur knew the importance of finding his sufficiency in God alone. He knew the danger of extremes. He’d probably seen the extravagance of the rich who figured they didn’t need God anymore. He’d likely seen the desperation of the poor, which had driven them to acts that defied God’s ways. Experience had taught Agur the wisdom of temperance. The joy of contentment.
“. . . the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden” (v19).
I imagine he’d watched in wonder and wisely concluded that he could find no conclusion other than God’s amazing hand. He saw it throughout creation and in the people God formed.
This man had watched ants and found wisdom in their tinyness. He’d observed powerless jackrabbits and saw discernment in their ways. Indeed, Agur was a wise man full of enlightenment and understanding.
But the real wisdom of this man can only be found behind the words. It is the wisdom of humility. The kind that let him sit quietly and observe, nothing to say, no opinion to preach. Just to listen attentively. And learn.
Try it out today. Stop and notice the wisdom of God’s creation. Take a moment to ask God to show you His ways. Then listen.