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.Proverbs 2:1-5
I just love the consonance between the first and second chapters of Proverbs.
Yesterday we saw that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Today we work backwards, starting with receiving the words of Wisdom personified and tracing them back towards the origin – which is, of course, understanding the fear of the Lord.
We’ve come full circle. He is the originator of wisdom whether we start with the Source and work outward, or we start from outside and follow the threads back to their beginning.
Either way, El Adoni – God my Lord – is the Beginning and the End. All true wisdom flows from Him and leads back to Him.
I love the reminder, too, to seek the knowledge of God out as if it were treasure. Why? Well because it IS treasure. He is our treasure. Seeking His wisdom means seeking Him, and that is the greatest Treasure any seeker could ever find.
So will you join me in seeking out some practical wisdom for today through the ancient words of a Jewish king held to have been the wisest man in his day?
What part of this chapter stands out to you?