The Treasure of God’s Word (Proverbs 2:1-5)

“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

There is no greater quest you can give yourself to than knowing God more every day. God has revealed himself to us in his word. The most direct path to knowing God, then, is to give yourself to his word like someone who is searching for a hidden treasure!

In this passage, the father is expecting an eager response from his son. The son should engage his entire being in his pursuit of the knowledge of God: his ears, heart, and mouth are all dedicated to the words and commandments he is being taught.

If God’s word is spirit and life (John 6:63), then shouldn’t you want his word hidden in your heart (Psalm 119:11)? Typically, the first thing someone does when they find a hidden treasure is to hide it away for safe keeping. This is exactly what you should do with the treasure of God’s word: search for it, find it, and bury it deep in your heart.

Let your posture before God be one of humility: you should be ready to receive and listen to all that God says. You should ask his Spirit to give you true understanding, calling out and raising your voice, pleading that you might understand his word. You should respond by seeking, searching, learning, and obeying God’s word with fervor. Then, you will know God and understand what it means to fear him!

By God’s grace, may this year be a year when you give yourself fully to God’s word! Do not be taken in by all the lies in this world (especially that lie that you can live without God’s word). “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).

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