As I was reading my Bible the other morning, a particular passage in Proverbs stood out to me and it was copied down into my notebook . . . and I thought I would also share it here:
"My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God." Proverbs 2:1-5
Notice all of the 'action' words that are given in these verses . . . receive . . . treasure . . . make your ear attentive . . . incline your heart . . . cry for discernment . . . lift your voice . . . seek . . . search . . . and then, as a result of these things, the fear of the Lord will be discerned and true knowledge of God will be discovered.
These verses describe a heart bent on following hard after the Lord, on truly knowing Him as He has revealed Himself in His Word . . . someone who is like the deer that "pants after the water brooks," and who can declare "my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for the living God;" (Psalm 42:1-2a) and again "O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water" (Psalm 63:1.)
May this also be cry and earnest desire of our hearts! Above all else, seeking Christ first and seeking to have a heart as the one just described in Proverbs 2:1-5 . . . receiving God's words, treasuring His commandments, making our ears attentive to His wisdom, inclining our hearts to understanding His Word, crying for discernment and for understanding, seeking and searching for wisdom as for silver and hidden treasures . . . and then we will be able to discern what it is to truly fear the Lord and will grow in our knowledge of God.
"For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you . . . (Proverbs 2:6-11)
-Posted by Sarah