Proverbsby David Cook
In Proverbs 2, we read words of encouragement from a father to a son, urging him to reflect on his commands and why he should obey them (vv. 1-2).
In verses 1-8, there are three ″ifs″: ″if you accept my words″ (v. 1); ″if you call out for insight″ (v. 3); and ″if you look for [understanding] as for silver″ (v. 4). If these things are done, the result is gaining an understanding of the fear of the Lord and knowledge of God (v. 5).
Wisdom is a gift of God (v. 6) as well as a result of searching, listening, and applying. Human effort is involved but ultimately, wisdom is God's to give. In the same way, God also gives success and protection (vv. 7-8). To see things the way God sees them, and to live wisely acknowledging that all we have is from God, is a very great blessing.
Wisdom will help us in three main ways:
Wisdom is to be passionately sought and yet, it is also God's gift (James 1:5). What would this mean for your pursuit of wisdom?
God's wisdom gives discernment as well as knowledge of the consequences of our actions. How can these benefits of wisdom be helpful to you?