No Shortcuts

Jeff Munroe

READ : Proverbs 2

. . . seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures . . . (v. 4)

Why, in the first pages of the Bible, did Eve make the poor choice that she did? We know the fruit was tempting, but there is also this in Genesis 3:6, “the tree was to be desired to make one wise.” She tried to take a shortcut to wisdom.

Proverbs 2 says there are no shortcuts. To gain wisdom we have to be willing to learn and to work. As these verses say, we learn by listening (“make your ear attentive to wisdom”) and by memorizing (“treasure up my commandments within you”).

Listening is the first step of faith. We respond to what we hear. No wonder Jesus said “Let anyone with ears listen!” (Matthew 13:9). Memorizing is a way to deepen our faith. As the ancient rabbis said, “A person who repeats his lesson a hundred times is not to be compared to him who repeats it a hundred and one times.”

All of this implies work. In the words of one Bible teacher, “The Scriptures don’t yield their secrets to the flippant or casual reader.” There is treasure available in God’s Word, but only to those who are willing to do some digging.


We have ears that can listen. We have minds that can memorize. Give us the desire to work to be wise.