Proverbs 2:1–4 (NKJV) — 1 My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures.
Maybe the reason a person does not receive the blessings and knowledge of God is because of the effort put into worshiping and serving Him.
Follow the lines of verses 1-4. If you do these then “you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. (v.5)
We are to earnestly seek the wisdom of God. It is more than earnestly seeking the wisdom of God. It is to know Him personally and not just academic knowledge but experiential knowledge.
Verse 6 tells us God gives knowledge and understanding. This knowledge is not just finding wisdom but finding and knowing God.
Verses 7-8 tell us through wisdom we find a victorious life. Hebrews 11:6 tells us God gives us success, His success.
Verses 9-11 tell us God helps us know what is right, just, and fair.
Verses 12-15 tell us God will protect us from the wicked by wisdom.
Verses 16-19 tell us God will protect us from the immoral. America today is a nation that lives in immorality. The blessing of God can never be received by those who refuse to seek Him and His truth. Where there is no personal relationship with God immorality flourishes.
Verses 20-21 tell us God leads those who follow Him down the path of the road less traveled. The way of righteousness is found in Him. Even though we may walk through the “Valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4) we know God is with us. We are walking to the “promised land” of peace, health, God’s prosperity, security, and joy.
Verse 22 tells us we will escape the fate of the wicked and unfaithful. Those who choose to follow God, not just with lip service, but with a heart truly turned toward Him make it to the promised land.
Read John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress.”