Proverbs 2:1-5 “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”
I have always felt it… Felt that there was more to life than what I had known. I was raised to believe in a God that was to be feared; a God to be revered and worshipped. But, it was all outward – things that I did FOR Him.
I can remember having conversations in the church I attended after we had concluded our folk choir practice. I would talk with God as I closed up the building. I would talk and listen for an answer. He and I would process the problems of the day and I would come away with an emptiness; not knowing whether or not I was even heard.
Looking back, I was heard. He was calling me. Calling me to Himself.
After trusting Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, soon after I found this verse that expressed exactly that desire I had felt:
Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
That desire to know Him grew. The more I read the Word of God, the more He revealed Himself to me. There were actions that led up to these decisions that are actually outlined in this passage.
Receive my words – accepting my need for a Savior was just the beginning. I came to the conclusion that what I felt I may have known previously about God needed to be confirmed by the Word – or it just wasn’t so.
Hide my commandments – I grew to realize that God’s way was always right and always best. Those things that came in conflict with His Word needed to be dealt with. If God said it – it didn’t matter whether or not I believed it – it was true. I began to memorize His Word and hide it in my heart.
Incline thine ear and apply thine heart – It is one thing to know something. It is wholly another to live out that which you believe. I began to listen in earnest to preaching and teaching to find how it applies to me. I read my bible till I heard God speaking to me – a practice I keep even today. Once truth came, I had a decision to make – do I do what God says or do I do what I want? As many of you know, that decision is not always an easy one.
Cry after knowledge and lift up my voice for understanding – Proverbs 9:10 says: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” And in Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” I know that when I become satisfied with myself; with what I think I know; then I am in grave danger of the sin of pride. When I seek after Him with my whole heart; when my prayer is to know Him better, to know Him deeper; I seek and keep seeking till the answer comes.
Seek as one looking for treasure – Treasure hunters spend enormous amounts of time and money looking for treasure. They vette out the evidence they find against what they know to be true. Far too many are satisfied with our ‘fire insurance’ or our ‘Get out of Hell free’ card. Seeking the One who paid the price; the One who bought and paid for my freedom is something I pray I never get over.
Often, when I ask God “Why?” I hear silence. But when I seek Him, I find the ‘why’ isn’t as important as the “Who” it is that I follow. Knowing Him is far more important than getting answers to my questions. Knowing He has my best interest in mind; knowing He will protect me through every storm I face; knowing He will never leave me nor forsake me brings such comfort and peace to me troubled soul.
Satan stopped Adam and Eve cold when he defied God’s command saying, “Ye shall not surely die…” leaving them to question God in their hearts. I cannot be complacent with my Christianity. I must be the salt and light to a world that so desperately needs both.
When you find that the ‘whys’ of life confound you or even stop you dead in your tracks; lift up your eyes unto God and He will guide and direct your path. Faith will become the bridge to understanding more of who He is.