The book of Proverbs contains a vast amount of information concerning living a righteous life which pleases God. It is a “preacher” giving advice to his audience or a father giving advice to his “son.” The format is either short phrases or longer sections which teach major life lessons.
In Chapter 2, a longer section, the preacher informs his audience of the benefits of acquiring and practicing God’s wisdom. The author begins by making several “if” statements and concludes with a “then” statement.
The first five verses describes the attitudes the audience must have if they are going to obtain God’s wisdom. They must receive, treasure, be attentive, incline their heart, lift up their voice by crying out, seek and search for wisdom. These actions are necessary for the individual to acquire God’s wisdom.
These attitudes and actions helps the son “discern the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God.” When God sees these attitudes and actions of the individual He will respond by doing various things to help the seeker.
The seeker can acquire wisdom because the Lord will give knowledge and understanding. For those who walk with integrity, the Lord will provide assistance by giving more wisdom as the inquirer gains wisdom. The Lord will guard their daily walk and preserve their manner of life.
While working with God, the son will be able to discern righteousness, justice, equity as well as every good path. The actions of everyone is directed by the knowledge which is in their “heart.” Their ability to properly apply this knowledge protects them from doing the ungodly things; delivering them “from the way of evil.”
Our desire for this type of wisdom will determine how much we meditate upon and apply God’s wisdom in our effort to be living God’s way. The Bible and possibly the teachings of others have provided us with this wisdom. How much do we seek it?
In essence, God is waiting on each one of us to decide if we want His message. His desire is for everyone to have this wisdom, but He is not going to force anyone to acquire it. This may seem strange that God, with all of His power, is not doing something to MAKE us acquire His wisdom. God forcing someone to acquire His wisdom is not the wisest way for one to acquire God’s wisdom.
We must start by considering if God’s wisdom is something we want. Then, each of us has to make up our own mind that we willingly want to acquire God’s wisdom. After acquiring God’s wisdom then we will be in a better position to practice living God’s way.
Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at email@example.com.