Daily Proverb (Proverbs 2:1-6)

Daily Proverb (Proverbs 2:1-6)

My son, if you receive my words
    and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
    and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
    and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasures,
 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
Proverbs 2:1-6

The problem for most people is not a lack of desire for knowledge. In one form or another, everyone needs it to function in this world. It is difficult to live without learning and then applying that knowledge and information to everyday life. On this point, there is little debate. The question is really this: “what is the source of knowledge that you seek?” Without question, people seek knowledge in all sorts of places. They seek it from their teachers, parents, friends, relatives, the news, the television, and a host of other places. Yet, true knowledge and wisdom cannot be found in those places. True wisdom comes from the Lord, and he gives it freely to all who ask of him (Jas. 1:5). In the verses cited above, Solomon gives clear instruction to God’s people as they seek knowledge and wisdom rooted in the infallible source of both – the God of heaven. 

First, you must listen to the words of Scripture (2:1-2). That should be obvious to all those who know Christ. One can hardly blame the unregenerate for dismissing God’s Word, but what are we to say about those who will not hear the truths of God as articulated in the Word of God? They are fools and will not receive wisdom from God. 

Second, you must pray for insight from the Holy Spirit if you are to understand God’s Word (2:3). Again, that should go without saying, but how often do we read God’s Word without asking for knowledge and wisdom as we read and study? It is easy to forget, but we must not. 

Third, you must seek it as though it is the most important thing in life (2:4). Too many people trade the wisdom of God’s Word for the crumbs that come from the wisdom of the age. We must value the Scriptures and resist the urge to replace them with other things. As one bible teacher said, “God does not reveal the deep treasures of his Word to lazy people.” Seeking is an active word. It conveys work. It conveys effort. You must be careful not to approach the Scriptures mindlessly or carelessly. 

Wisdom and knowledge come from the Lord. He gives it in his Word. Therefore, pray, listen, seek, and find the right knowledge and wisdom that will guide your steps in this life.