If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; ~Proverbs 2:4
A treasure hunt is an organized event where children set out to find hidden “treasures” (candy, toys, or treats). It is a fun event that children and adults enjoy. Proverbs 2 exhorts us about the treasure hunt that leads to the knowledge of God. Let us see how the knowledge of God is cultivated in the life of a sincere and spiritually hungry believer.
We see the acceptance.
“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee.” The first step towards acquiring the knowledge of God is a tender heart and a spirit of meekness for God’s Word in our life. We are invited to taste and see that the Lord is good. We must receive the Word with meekness, whether by reading, hearing, or studying. We must memorize the Word of God and hide it in our hearts. We must accept the authority of God’s Word in our hearts. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
We see the asking.
“Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding.” It should be our prayer to increase in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Paul prayed that the church at Colossae would be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9). James teaches us that we should pray for wisdom (James 1:5-6). Accompanying our asking should be an earnest “treasure hunt” through the Word of God. "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39). Are you asking God to open your eyes to behold wondrous things out of His law?
We see the arrival.
“Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” A diligent study of the Word helps us to understand what it means to fear the Lord. Fearing God is having such a devotion and reverence that you are living and walking in awe and worship of Who God is. The fear of God is the starting point of a life that is holy and pleasing to God. The knowledge of God is knowing God in His attributes, His capability, and thinking as God thinks. Paul said that his passion in life was to know Him, the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death. How well do you know God?
We see the ability.
With the knowledge of God we understand "righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.... Knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.” We are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are a believer who can receive the meat of the Word and “by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
We see the avoidance.
The knowledge of God keeps us from "the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things." It keeps us from taking a wrong turn down the path of immoral temptations that can ruin our purity, marriages, and godly relationships. God’s Word teaches us personal separation where we do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. It is the belt of truth around our loins and the breastplate of righteousness protecting our heart. Are you searching for the treasures contained in God’s Word?
Have a treasure-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Zechariah 8-14