Hidden Treasure

Proverbs 4:7 KJV “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Wisdom is indeed prime, and so is understanding. Without these a person is lost. You can’t discern matters correctly. Hence you can’t make good decisions. In our troubled world we need wisdom and understanding. Many claim to have them but these precious jewels belong to them that travel into the strait gate. (Matthew 7:13-14) Wisdom and Understanding are hidden treasures. Some work is involved in getting them. God explains it this way:

Proverbs 2:1-6 KJV “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; [2] So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; [3] Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; [4] If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; [5] Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. [6] For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”

God gives wisdom and understanding. It is obtained from no one else. Many claim to have it, but only a few rarely find it, even though God tells us exactly how to get his knowledge. A person must receive God’s words. To receive something means to accept it willingly, without putting up a fight. It also means to believe a thing or recognize it as truth. This is how we must view all of God’s words, even those we do not fully understand yet, because they come from God who cannot lie. (Titus 1:2) There should never be a moment when we argue against what God says. We must receive His words even when they show us our faults, and repent.

We must also hide or store up God’s commands within us. This means we commit the things we learn about God to memory through meditation of His word. We take time out to study the Bible and seriously think about what God says, with a view to applying His words in our lives. Our hearts and ears must become tuned into wisdom and understanding. We must look for it and enjoy hearing it. Just as we would look for and tune into our favorite TV shows or music we once listened to we now are on the prowl for wisdom and understanding.

God says that our efforts alone are not enough. We must cry out to Him (pray) for knowledge and understanding. This is very important to remember. We can’t get these hidden treasures without the help of Almighty God. Yet when we do search for them God says to seek them like we would seek silver, and to search for them like we are searching for hidden treasure. If we do not obey God in this we will never find His hidden Wisdom.

SEEK HER LIKE SILVER

The word, “silver,” in Proverbs 2:4 simply means, “money.” God says to search for His wisdom like we seek money. How do people seek money? Is it the most important thing in the world to them? Most folks yes. Do people go to work daily in order to obtain money? Yeah. Do they risk their lives in order to get it? Yes. Do they feel like they’re nothing without money? Yep. Do they risk their health for money? Yes. Does the average person want to be rich? You betchah. The same way people view and seek after money God is saying we must seek out His Wisdom and Understanding. Can anyone count the many ways people search for money? Probably not. Just imagine having the same attitude towards obtaining God’s Wisdom.

Matthew 13:44 NLT “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.”

SEEK HER LIKE HIDDEN TREASURE

God says to look for His understanding like we search for hidden treasure. How do people seek hidden treasure? Don’t they make many sacrifices in order to obtain they’re treasures? They sacrifice hours, days, weeks, months, and even years to gain their treasures. They sacrifice relationships too (even close ones) to obtain their treasure. And like the man described in Matthew 13:44, they will sell everything they have in order to possess their treasures. In other words nothing can stop them when it comes to owning what they desire, no matter who or what gets in the way. They are like Michael Jordan going after another NBA championship: unstoppable! Do we accept this view, and do we exhibit such diligence when it comes to obtaining God’s Wisdom and Understanding?

“THEN SHALT THOU UNDERSTAND…”

If we seek after God’s Wisdom and Understanding the way He Describes in Proverbs 2:1-6, “Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” YAY!!! 😁

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