Pro 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, AND hide my commandments with thee;
Pro 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom AND apply thine heart to understanding;
Pro 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, AND liftest up thy voice for understanding;
Pro 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, AND searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Pro 2:5 THEN shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, AND find the knowledge of God.
Please read carefully the following Hebrew definitions:
Receive my words– to take something said
Hide my commandments – to hoard or reserve, keep in a secret place
Incline thine ear unto wisdom – prick up the ears, hearken, give heed
Apply thine heart to understanding – to stretch or spread out the feelings, the will, the intellect to discretion, reason, skillfulness and wisdom
Criest after knowledge – call out, proclaim, preach, pronounce; find meaning and understanding
Liftest up they voice for understanding – to give, to call aloud; seek wisdom, skillfulness, discretion, reason
If thou seekest her as silver – to search out or strive after as money or something worth a great price
Searchest for her as for hid treasures – make diligent search, disguise self, hide, search out as if searching for a secret storehouse or buried valuables, hidden treasure
shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord – at that time or place it will be distinguished separately, or generally understood about the fear or reverence of Jehovah
find the knowledge of God – acquire, to come forth to, that is, appear or exist; knowledge here means cunning, ignorantly, unawares (wittingly)
When I was growing up, I always thought of God as being very hard to understand, and felt that he probably changed his mind a lot according to how he felt. If I made him mad enough, then I thought he would feel differently toward me than if I did what I could to please Him. So I started to think I would please God if I did enough good works for Him. I truly thought He was pleased with me for doing these things, and it was a very hurtful thing when the Holy Spirit showed me the truth about how I had lived my life.
I definitely had a misconception of God, but I wonder if a lot of people don’t still feel that way. My problem was that I knew all the Bible stories, but I had not really read the Bible to find out who God really is. After I started to read and study the Word, I realized how wrong I had been in my assumptions.
Just like the passage above, God always lays out His plan of action and follows through on what He says He will do.
Verses 1-4 give the conditions of success and verse 5 tells plainly what He will do if I follow the conditions set forth.
The Bible is filled with similar promises such as the verses above. So if I follow what it says, I can be totally certain that God will fulfill what He has written in His Word.
God wants me to have the best life possible and walk in obedience to His Word, even if I don’t always understand why He wants me to do something.
Make it a point to read your Bible and “walk in” and “stand on” the promises of God. You will start to see Him work in your life in a way you never thought possible – and if you are like me, you will never want to go back to the life you once thought was so great.