Proverbs 2:6, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

The verses that lead to the above-cited verse are of importance within the context. 2:1-5 have a series of statements that drive home the importance of seeking wisdom from the LORD. Note 2:1, “if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you.” Again, note 2:3, “if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding.” Again, note 2:4, “if you seek for it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures.” Finally, note how 2:1-4 concludes with the words of 2:5: “then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” These verses drive home a few thoughts. First, we must be willing to receive (hear) the words contained within the Scriptures because that is the place in which we gather the mind of God. Second, we must treasure them. There are many things we cherish in this life. Many of them are not sinful. We treasure family heirlooms, pictures, letters, items of various kinds. We adore our marriages, family, children, and loved ones. We treasure our church and the family of faith. Yet, though those things are worthy of cherishing, we must never allow them to sideline the treasure we have in the Word of God. Indeed, it is a great gift because in it, we see pure wisdom from the God of heaven who, as the Confession of Faith teaches us, is most wise (2.1). It is an inheritance that we must treasure and esteem with the highest of adoration and affection. Third, we must call out for wisdom, raising our voices with pleas for it. In short, we must pray for it, pleading with the God of wisdom for an abundance of it to be poured out in our lives. James says, “if any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives it generously and without reproach. He cautions us to look for it in no other place but in the mind of God as given in the Scriptures. We do not cry out for wisdom from the world or the culture that is antithetical to divine wisdom. No, we run to the God of all wisdom and pray for it expecting that he will give it to his people. Fourth, we must seek for it as we would seek for great wealth. Sadly, we often seek things that will never satisfy and give a passing nod to the importance of seeking wisdom. Yet, Solomon tells us to seek for it as we would seek for hidden treasure. Imagine the diligence that would follow on the statement, “in your backyard is a chest of money totaling one million dollars.” Undoubtedly, you would seek for it diligently, digging in every place until you found it. Wisdom must be pursued in this way, and the wealth of it far exceeds any price tag. As one does these things, Solomon tells us that we will understand and find knowledge. Ultimately, the LORD himself promises these things, but we must receive it, treasure it, and plead for it knowing that, in the end, true wisdom comes from the LORD and true knowledge flows from his mouth.

Meditate on these things!

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