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.Proverbs 2:1-5
I first started dating Rebekah back on May the 2nd of 1990. I was a whopping 14 years old and on top of the world. The girl for whom I had a huge crush on agreed to “go out” with me, and I had a smile from ear to ear. I came home on cloud nine and for family devotions we read a chapter out of Proverbs which happened to be this same passage that is listed above. As we read these verse my puppy love struck brain read these words in that context, and I foolishly read into the verses meaning that was not there. I thought of Rebekah as the her listed in the verses, and I even had these verses read at our wedding nine years later. I did not take these verses to hear, and I took them grossly out of context. I thought these verses were talking about “her” and this solidified to me that she was the one for me even though we had been going out less than 24 hours.
When I read these verses now, I replace her with the words “wisdom and understanding” and it helps me to keep the verses in context and it helps me understand what Solomon is telling his son and what God is telling me through these verses. The verses were not a sign for me to follow and pursue Rebekah into matrimony but I am grateful that God have her to me as my help meet. These verses were meant for us to pursue wisdom, understanding and the knowledge of God. I have yet to meet someone who would not benefit from God’s wisdom and the ones who do not think they need it are the ones that need it the most. I lived a lot of my life pursuing things that were not of God and live many years devoid of God’s wisdom and the true knowledge of God. I thought I had a grasp but the more I read His word the more I know that I have a lot to learn and a long way to God. The devil will fill in the blanks for us if we do not ask and apply ourselves us to the pursuit of God’s wisdom and knowledge.
I can promise you that I pursued and “cried” after Rebekah in those early days as I sought to win her affection and favor. I got her number to call her but I never spoke to her more than a minute prior to getting her number. I called her and we acted like we had been long time friends as we had to be told to get off of the phone. I desired to learn everything about her as I fell for her head over heels. I wanted to please her, and I wanted her to be pleased with me. I did not have to be prodded or pushed to call her or ask her questions but my innate desire was to learn more about her and to gain knowledge about her. As I think about those times, I ask myself if I pursue God in this same way and if my innate desire is to please Him and is He pleased with me?
Do I excitedly open the pages of His words and do I ask Him for the wisdom talked about in James 1:5 which states, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Do I desire to learn more about Him that I may know, and fear Him. He desires a relationship with me and any good relationship requires the knowledge of the other. The wisdom of this world means very little but the wisdom that God gives produced the wisest man to ever live who God used to write these verses for us to see, mediate and pursue our God. The cry he speaks about here is the desire and appetite to purse the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of God. The act of pursuing Him as if you were at the bottom of a cave and were desiring to get out and crying out for help.
Where are you today friend? What are you pursuing? Are you asking God several times a day for wisdom or are you relying on a podcast guru or a self help book? Are you pursuing Him like the love of your life? Do you cry out to Him or do you complain and sulk of the trials and tribulations He has allowed in your life? There is nothing better to defeat the lies of the devil than to apply the knowledge and truth of His Word. Do you fear the Lord? May we pursue the Lord and ask for wisdom, and apply our heart to His understanding. God is always speaking but will you incline your ear to His voice?