“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” Proverbs 8:17
In Proverbs 8:17 the author encourages the reader to love and seek wisdom early. Why? It’s easier to learn new things before bad habits are established. Fewer mistakes will be made. Less energy is wasted trying to figure out life goals.
True wisdom comes by choosing Jesus, God’s Son, to be your source for all wisdom. With that thought, the rest of the Proverb makes sense.
It is God who reveals truth. He reveals it via the Holy Spirit and by His Word. His Son Jesus taught the sense of the Word to His disciples.
Jesus was sent by God to be the Savior. His death on the cross saves all who will call upon His name as Lord, from the punishment of sin. He took the punishment each of us deserves for denying God and for refusing to obey His Word.
We understand that Jesus came as a baby, born to Joseph and Mary. We understand that His deity was not publicly revealed until He was a man. Those who knew and understood prophecy also knew who He was before He began His ministry.
When Jesus began His ministry, He chose the twelve disciples while they were in early adulthood. He spent the three years of His public ministry teaching and training these chosen men so they could carry on after He ascended into Heaven.
Can you imagine how difficult their work would have been if Jesus had waited to begin training the twelve during the week of His crucifixion? They would have been very ill-prepared. In fact, they might have decided their mission was too hard, or been deterred by fear.
Most people with exceptional talents or skills often begin mastering their craft when they are young. Some mastered their craft, while others quit and did not reap the reward. Success requires time and effort. Consistent, regular practice brings the reward.
Establishing a personal relationship with Jesus later in life often carries with it a sense of regret too. So much could have been accomplished if begun early in life. Seeking Him early accomplishes the same benefits as gaining wisdom early. He wants to guide us as we live out our lives, helping us to become the person He created us to be.