Well, I didn’t get you a Wednesday’s Word last week so let me give you a Proverb to Ponder today. Take a look at and read Proverbs 2. Proverbs 2 breaks down for me into a perfect “if” “then” “therefore” scenario. So let’s take a look.
Look at all the words that quantify the “if” part of this statement: receive, treasure, incline, apply, cry out, lift up, seek, and search. Note that these all indicate a diligent effort on our part to seek out and search for wisdom, or the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. Verse 4 is my foundation for the “if”. If we were to really seek the things of God as if we were to seek for a treasure, a pearl of great price or something of priceless value. That is the call. Too often our search for God’s things are little more than the way we watch our favorite Television show. We want to see it. We want to be entertained. We don’t even mind if we find an emotional attachment, in fact, that actually makes it better. But certainly we don’t want to be changed. We don’t want our life interrupted. If we miss it, no big deal. We just catch up with a little reading on the internet. (like now? Hmmm.) If we nod off or focus our attention elsewhere, it’s alright. Really no big deal. In short, our pursuit of the things of God are lackadaisical, apathetic and for the most part effortless. However, if we search for the Kingdom with the diligence and passion that we would search for treasure ….
THEN verses 5-20
Then we would actually not just find wisdom, but God Himself. That is what I get out of verse 5. We would find Him in a proper relationship. We would come to know Him intimately and personally. Remember, chapter one told us that “…the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” We would understand who He is and who we are in His sight. We would line up with Him in relationship and intimacy. If we seek diligently and passionately.
Also, God would then take responsibility for us (verses 7-9) He becomes our protector and guard. He becomes responsible for keeping us on the path and showing us the right way, but only as a result of an unbridled search.
Not only that, but also if we are seeking God’s ways as we would seek for treasure, then we will make the right decisions concerning good and right versus wrong and evil (verses 10-19). We will not follow the enticements of the evil man or the seductions of the immoral woman. You know, we all have a propensity to listen to those voices that call us to another path. I wish we didn’t but we do. Like the Hymn says, “Prone to wander Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love…” That’s us, but not if we are passionately seeking His wisdom and ways.
So just know this. We do have the capacity through Christ to be who He has called and asked us to be. We must seek it. Passionately and purposefully. It must be our priority to “..take hold of that for which Christ has taken hold of us…” If we do seek and treasure Him then we will find Him and His blessings and we can be like the fruitful tree of Psalm 1. We will be planted in the fertile soil by the river. Bringing forth the proper fruit at the proper time and our leaves will not wither away.
So Ponder that Proverb today. IF – THEN – THEREFORE.