Good afternoon y’all. Today we continue our study of the book of Proverbs. We will be looking at chapter 2.
I will concentrate on the first 6 verses of the chapter
Be blessed 🙂
“My child, listen to what I say,
and treasure my commands”. (NLT)
The first step in walking and living in wisdom is to receive and store up God’s word within us. Not just receive but apply it to our lives. God’s word ought to be the ONLY and FINAL authority in our lives. We should hide it in our hearts and meditate on it constantly, for in it we find hidden treasures and secrets. The more of God’s word we have stored up in us, the more we become like Him in our conduct and speech. The word of God has power to transform and renew us.
Do we receive God’s word? Do we accept it is relevant to us and written for us? Do we value it above other ?
King David, who happened to be the father of the writer of proverbs understood the importance of God’s word. He treasured it and took delight in not just reading but obeying it. He understood that all the wisdom, understanding and knowledge he needed is found in the Word.
“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you”. (Ps 119: 11 NLT)
“I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word”. (Ps 119: 16 NKJV)
“Tune your ears to wisdom,
and concentrate on understanding”(NLT)
“So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding” (NKJV)
This tells me that we have the ability tune what we listen to. There are times I’m in a gathering and I tune out of the conversations even though I’m present, but don’t actually hear any of the conversations going on cos I have tuned my ears out not to listen to anything being said. In the same way, we are encouraged in verse 2 to make sure we only tune our ears to wisdom, not just any wisdom but godly wisdom. Our ears and our eyes are the gateway to our heart (Soul, Mind) so we have to be careful what goes into our ears. We need to master the art of selective hearing….only listen to those things that please God and will build up our inner man. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10: 17). Hearing is key and we have to be careful what we hear. It can either build up our faith or build up fear in us.
‘To apply’ according to google means “to give one’s full attention to a task; work hard”. This means we should give full attention in our hearts to understanding. We should concentrate on feeding our hearts with Gods word. The more we do this, the more our character will reflect God. We will find its much easier to live a godly life and be pleasing to God.
Are we tuning our ears to wisdom and applying our hearts to understanding?
Verse 3 and 4
“Cry out for insight,
and ask for understanding.
Search for them as you would for silver;
seek them like hidden treasures”(NLT)
Getting insight and understanding should be very important and precious to us. We should pursue it with diligence, focus and dedication in the same manner we purse our worldly goals.
God is willing to give us wisdom but we have to ask for it. James tells us we have not because we haven’t asked for it.
“…Yet[a] you do not have because you do not ask”.(James 4:2 NKJV)
Verse 5 and 6
“Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,
and you will gain knowledge of God.
For the Lord grants wisdom!
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding” ( NLT)
When we ask and seek earnestly for God’s wisdom, we will find Him. The only way we can know His mind is by spending time diligently and earnestly searching through His word.
Our part is to seek and search earnestly, God’s part is His promise that we will find Him. He is the one who gives wisdom. It belongs to him. When we ask we can be rest assured that He will answer us.
James tells us if any lacks wisdom to ask God and Matthew tells us when we ask we will receive.
“If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it”. (James 1:5 TLB)
“Ask, and you will be given what you ask for. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened”. (Matthew 7:7 TLB)
Dear Lord we thank You for today and for Your Word. Help us to listen to You and treasure your commands. Help us tune our ears to wisdom and apply our hearts to understanding so we may understand what it means to fear You and gain knowledge of You. Thank you dear Lord. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen
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