Scripture reading – Proverbs 2

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Our study of Solomon’s proverbs continues in today’s Scripture reading. Proverbs 2 begins with a paternal, affectionate salutation, “My son” (2:1). So, we are reminded that the subject of our study is the counsel and wisdom of a father preparing his son to one day rule as king. 

Although the LORD gifted Solomon to be the wisest of men, the initiative for seeking, pursuing, and searching for wisdom nevertheless belonged to his son.  The king wanted his son to be a wise and understanding man, yet he understood the young prince must determine in his heart to be that man.

The first four verses of Proverbs 2 challenged the son of Solomon to receive his father’s instructions (2:1) and set his heart to seek wisdom (2:2-4). The twofold rewards for doing so were stated in verses 5 and 6.

The first Reward of Wisdom was an intimate knowledge of the LORD. (Proverbs 2:5)

“Then shalt thou understand [perceive; discern] the fear [reverential worship] of the LORD [Jehovah], and find [acquire; take hold of] the knowledge of God.”

The requisite to fearing the LORD and acquiring godly wisdom was a teachable spirit and an appetite for spiritual wisdom (2:1-4). I fear many believers feel attending a weekly Bible study is all the discipline needed to become a mature, discerning saint. Sadly, only some have the longing or discipline required to know the LORD personally and intimately. We would be wise to heed Paul’s challenge to Timothy when he wrote, “Study [discipline] to shew [present] thyself approved [acceptable] unto God, a workman [laborer; teacher] that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [correctly dissecting] the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

 

The Second Reward of Wisdom was moral judgment and discernment. (Proverbs 2:6)

Proverbs 2:6   6  For the LORD giveth [grants] wisdom [spiritual insight and discernment]: out of his mouth cometh knowledge [knowledge of good and evil] and understanding [reason; discretion].”

Like the lamp of a lighthouse pierces the fog and guides ships to safe harbor, so the study of God’s Word serves as “a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). Becoming a disciplined student of God’s Word equips a believer with a moral compass and an immutable standard for making moral judgments.

Closing thoughts –

The secret to lasting happiness and success is a disciplined, daily study and meditation in God’s Word. The rewards are intimacy with your Creator and wisdom only the LORD can impart. I am reminded of the worlds of the psalmist:

Psalm 1:2-3  [The blessed man’s] delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Dedicate and discipline your heart, mind, thoughts, and affections to pursue godly wisdom!

Copyright © 2023 – Travis D. Smith 

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