Are you hungry for wisdom and knowledge? Do you want to know God’s ways and desires for your life? Do you want His Word to shape how you think and feel and act? Proverbs 2:1-9 reminds us today that God’s truth is available to all who really want it. If you seek the Lord with all of your heart, you will find Him and the path of life that He has laid out for you.
The first nine chapters are Proverbs all contain different ways of making the same major plea to the listener: Seek wisdom and find life! We are told that we must be willing to receive wisdom and to treasure it above all else (Proverbs 2:1,4)). To find God’s truth, we must open our ears and hearts and call out to the Lord to teach us (vv. 2-3). That kind of desire for knowledge will lead us to put God’s truth into practice in our daily lives. We will be doers and not just hearers of the Word. We will live humbly before the Lord in the fear of Him (v. 5), and so find more and more wisdom that God has stored up for those who love and obey Him (vv. 6-7a). God promises for us who walk with Him that He will protect our paths through life’s trials and hardships (vv. 7b-8). In the middle of even the worst suffering and sorrow, we will see Jesus at work in and around us. We will see the path of life before us and understand how to do God’s will (v. 9).
Life is tough. But for God’s people, we do not have to face the troubles alone. Jesus Christ will guide us if we seek His face and plan in God’s Word. May we all hunger and thirst after His righteousness and truth today.
The Text (Proverbs 2:1-9)
1 My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
8 He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path.
Questions to Think About
- Have you been hungry to read your Bible this summer? Why or why not?
- How can you increase your appetite for personal Bible study and prayer?
- When in the past few years have you been most hungry to spend time with God?