“Then, you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding…”
– Proverbs 2:5-6
Many of us would hear these words and say, “Yes! I agree with this statement whole-heartedly” and then move on with our day as if God somehow “magically” puts that knowledge and wisdom into us. Sadly, that is how many of us walk with the Lord.
It is the word at the beginning of this scripture that should capture our attention. It is the “then” that should cause us to wonder what was said before these verses. What was it that two of the wisest kings viewed as necessary to obtain clarity and understanding of Jehovah God? It was the seeking they were talking about. It was not just the seeking, though, it was how they performed that action.
The proverbs say to seek as you would for silver and to explore as you would for hidden treasure. In other words, in the same fashion and effort that you put into making money, you should seek the Lord with equal, if not more, tenacity. A wise man has stated, “It is the law of life that we get what we go after,” and I whole-heartedly agree. Those who seek inevitably find. The question is, what are you seeking?
The same kind of drive we have for the pursuit of the white picket fence, the new car smell, and the accumulation of assets for retirement should be the same kind of drive we use to seek the Lord. It is “then” that we will find understanding and reverence the Lord as our Creator. Done any other way, the Lord has simply become one of our many treasures.
“He will not aid men in their selfish striving after personal gain. He will not help men to attain ends which, when attained, usurp the place He by every right should hold in their interest and affection. Yet popular Christianity has as one of its most effective talking points the idea that God exists to help people to get ahead in this world. The God of the poor has become the God of an affluent society.”
– A.W. Tozer