Benefits of Wisdom

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My child listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.  Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.  Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.  Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God." - Proverbs 2:1-5 (NLT)

 

There are benefits to searching, reading, understanding, and applying God’s commands.

 God’s commands are not just rules for Him to dominate His people.


When God speaks through His Word, it is like an earthly father
sitting down and explaining the results of disobeying when a child is in danger!

  

2 Things to notice about these passages in Proverbs and the benefits of wisdom.

 

1: We must treasure God’s commands and search for understanding. 

 

“Search for them (God’s commands) as you would silver.” 
-Proverbs 2:4

 How do we seek money?

  • We go looking for it!

    • Investments

    • A Job

    • Selling Something


We will do many things to get our hands on more MONEY!

  

Let’s take hidden treasure as an example. Suppose you knew there was a particular spot on your property that had a hidden treasure chest full of old coins, diamonds, rubies, and other expensive jewels worth millions of dollars and it was buried some four to six feet below the surface and you knew the exact location.

 

How would you go about getting to it?

You and I both would do whatever it takes to dig diligently day and night just to obtain this treasure!

We wouldn’t sleep until we had the treasure in our hands.

 

Again, Solomon writes,
“Search for them (God’s commands) as you would silver.”

 

The writer is telling his audience to diligently dig, seek, uncover, and grab a hold of God’s treasures just like if you were digging for millions of dollars worth of silver.

 God’s commands are better than any earthly treasure!

 When we embrace and treasure God’s commands and search for understanding,

 

THEN,

 

2: We will understand what it means to fear the Lord! 

 

“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge….” Proverbs 1:7 (NLT)

 

What does it mean to fear the Lord? 

First, there is a fear of God that doesn’t produce good results.

“Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.”
James 2:19

Second, this kind of fear comes out of division with God.

 There are those who fear God because they are not doing what God asks! Matt. 25:25

 The Hebrew word for “fear” means to “respect” “revere” or “reverence”


The fear of God is an attitude of respect, a response of reverence and wonder.
It is the only appropriate response to our Creator and Redeemer

(Nelson’s NKJV Study Bible, 1997, note on Psalm 128:1)

When we develop a fear of the Lord it will produce understanding and God’s Benefits of Wisdom:”

  • “He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.” Prov. 2:7

  • “He is a shield to those who walk with Him.” Prov. 2:7

  • “He guards the paths of the just (honest) and protects the faithful.”        Prov. 2:8

 

Bottom Line

Those who seek God’s commands like searching for silver, those who seek wisdom, knowledge, and understanding will find:

  • God’s Freedom
  • Salvation from evil which will destroy us! Prov. 2:12

Prayer

“God, Your Word is the light for our path. May we seek its words day and night just as if we are desperately digging for silver? God, we desperately need Your commands to protect us and guide us.
Help us understand Your ways and gives us wisdom to follow through with Your will.
Lord, we respect You. We honor You and we revere You. Thank you for being God! Amen