“Happy the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding” (Prov 3). Wisdom for the Old Testament sage included every kind of knowledge from table manners to the contemplation of God. In the Old Testament and in the New, the highest wisdom has always been the contemplation of God. Contemplation is not reasoning about God; it is an experience more in the heart than in the head. Yet it is a seeing as well as a feeling. Now, the seeing is obscure but nonetheless real.
God is a marvelous friend—marvelous because God is divine, a friend because God is love. Coming into direct contact with God is unlike any other experience a human being can have. The purpose of prayer is precisely to lead us to this awareness of God and thus to shape our lives. Life and prayer become a unity. For none of us can know divine truth and beauty without that knowledge spilling over into our lives.
When I seek wisdom, Lord, I am really seeking you. What use would it be to me to know all things and not to know you? What else can I want in heaven or on earth besides you? May your presence in me form my life and lead me to you.