Proverbs 2 – Finding wisdom

Today in chapter 2, it explains the basics of attaining wisdom. If you’re in the NIV like me, you find in the first 5 verses 10 different verbs used to describe the journey to finding wisdom. 

Here are the first 5 verses, can you find all the verbs? (Sorry, I’m not trying to make you relive 5th grade English… I promise I’m going somewhere with this!)

My son, if you accept my words and store up my command within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry around for understanding, and if you look for it as silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 2:1-5

I find it fascinating that the Lord says to find wisdom you have to do something. How many times do we sit back and ask God to move in our lives but we do nothing to push ourselves forward? It’s like we want a literal anointing without any literal movement. He told the apostles to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” He told the blind man in John 9:7  “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam.” The blind man did what he was told and he was healed.

According to Joyce Meyers, the word “go” appears approximately 1542 times in the Bible, but the word “stay” is only about 62 times.

We can’t attain wisdom or knowledge through osmosis. Aside from the definition used in chemistry, osmosis is also defined as the process of gradual or unconscious assimilation of ideas, knowledge, etc. However, we CANNOT unconsciously attain the wisdom we seek. Proverbs said we must move…

Are you in a place today where you feel stuck, unblessed, feel a lack of understanding? I can relate to those feelings. It reminds me of yesterday’s post about seeking the wrong things in life for fulfillment and joy. Proverbs 1 was a reminder to have discipline to seek after the Lord. So my takeaway from Proverbs 2 builds upon this and is that we must do something. Yes, it’s that simple. Proverbs says so! “Accept” his words, “store” his commands, “turning” to wisdom, “applying” your heart, “call” for insight, “cry” for understanding, “look” for it, “search” for it… THEN he says you will “understand” and “find” the fear of the Lord and the knowledge of God!

What are you doing today to seek him? How are you moving towards him? What does your journey look like? Please share in the comments!

Let me interject that you shouldn’t confuse wisdom with salvation here. Let me remind you that there is nothing you can do to earn salvation. It is a free gift from God. The Bible says in Romans that when you “believe Jesus died and rose again and confess with your mouth that He is Lord” you will be saved. That’s it folks! Accept him, believe he died for you and rose again and confess he is Lord! Have you done it? Do you know Him as your savior? 

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