Saturday, July 2, 2016
Day 2 - Prov. 2
"... and if you look for it (wisdom) as for silver and search for it as hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. Prov. 2:4-5
While Proverbs 1:7 tells us that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, this chapter starts off by encouraging the reader to "store up God's commandments, turn our ear to wisdom, and apply our heart to understanding." (Prov. 2:1-2) This forms part of a triad of how we approach God with our head, heart and hands - knowing God's word, letting it sink into our souls, and applying it to our lives.
And we are to search for it with all of the diligence of finding buried treasure - tenacious in our efforts to go after it and tireless in our resolve until we find Him. This requires more than a one time reciting of James 1:5 ("If any of you lack wisdom, let them ask...), which is all too often our "Hail Mary" or final attempt when we've come to the end of our resources. It is planned, focused on God's Word, and diligent. It reveals our hunger and thirst for God in our lives which goes beyond the temporal and circumstantial - seeking to know Him more and find the hidden treasures that enable us to face all that life may throw our way.