Friday, January 18, 2019
Proverbs 2:1-6 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Life is hard, and some days it is hardly life. We are constantly bombarded with the question of “Why?” We know that we can ask God for wisdom. James in the Bible says, If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
We ask, but we are frustrated because the answer never seems to come at the time we need it or in the way we want it. Did God break His promise? We become more confused, and life seems to get harder instead of easier.
If this sounds like your thought process and your experience, let me make a couple of observations before we proceed to the lesson for today.
First, the wisdom God promised is not to be confused with the answers and solutions we have pre-determined. God’s wisdom is far outside the box of human reason. When we ask for it we must believe that we will receive from Him something that is beyond our pre-determined outcomes. We do not experience the wisdom of God because we expect the answers of man.
Second, where did we get the idea that wisdom makes life easier? It makes it more understandable, but God did not promise us relief from the pain just because we ask for wisdom.
When we read the Bible, we must read it in the context of what other passages say. The passage in James tells us to ask for wisdom, but so does the passage in Proverbs that is printed above. It includes some other responsibilities along with the asking. It will be to our benefit to make them a consistent part of our search for wisdom.
First, we are to turn our ears to wisdom and our heart to understanding. This means that our wills are surrendered to what God will give us with no pre-determined outcomes. We will listen for His voice without our input, and we will apply what He says to our hearts without compromise based on personal preference.
Second, we will call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding. Once our ears and hearts are humbled to listen and learn, we may ask boldly for what God will grant us. Calling out and crying aloud are much more intense than just asking. God expects that the longing of empty hearts will be expressed with fervor. Asking flippantly does not model a surrendered heart. It reveals that we believe an answer would be nice but not necessary because we will end up doing it our way anyway. Where there is absolute dependence upon God there is intensity to know God’s answers.
Finally, we look and search for wisdom as we would for silver and hidden treasure. Wisdom’s worth to us will be evident in the way we search for it. When we lose something of value, the intensity of our search reflects the value of the item lost. When we search for wisdom, do we search in every possible location to find it? Are we reading God’s Word? Are we seeking the counsel of God’s servants? Are we fervently praying and seeking the input of the Holy Spirit?
The treasure is worth the search.