Proverbs 2:1-8

In Proverbs 2:1-8 Solomon writes about the importance of listening and learning. “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.”  He gives a couple of if / then statements that are worth paying close attention to:

  • If we receive, treasure, be attentive….
  • If we call out for insight, raise our voice for understanding…..
  • If we seek for wisdom like silver and a hidden treasure……

Three distinct “if” statements all together in a very long and run on sentence.

But then comes the “then” statement.  If we do the things listed, then we will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. If we seek wisdom, we’ll find it.  But it isn’t merely saying the words, or wishing we had it.  We’re told here to listen, call out, and pursue it.  Solomon teaches us that without our personal effort to seek out wisdom, we will lack in our fear of the LORD and knowledge of God. We need to get after it and find it.  The ‘knowledge of God’ refers to personal intimacy with God through obedience to His word.  This isn’t a passive outcome.  It leads to action – obedience – and living a life based on God’s truth.

So what’s the point?  There are many benefits to God’s wisdom.  “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.” God alone gives wisdom.  We don’t have any on our own.  True wisdom is found in Him, and He gives it. How?  Through the words of His mouth.  His word reveals knowledge and understanding.  That’s where God has recorded the things we need to know.  Wisdom is available.  We merely need to seek it, and heed it!

But there is more. God not only gives wisdom in His word; He actively works to defend, guard and preserve those who walk in His ways. The sense is that we need defense from God to gain proper understanding of His truth and wisdom. There are so many wrong ideas all over our world that we will never hold on to what is wise and true without being defended against the false and foolish. We are creatures of habit as humans. We will make tracks, ruts, paths for our life – wisdom helps us to make good and useful “ruts” or habits. That should be the outcome of wisdom.  We learn which way we are to go and we create a discipline that creates a habit leading us to walk in obedience to God’s truth every day!

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