“My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
For if you cry for discernment,
Lift your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will discern the fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.”
That’s a pretty good if-then statement! If you will listen, receive, treasure God’s commandments, hear wisdom, be pliable to understand, seek wisdom, THEN you will discern the fear of the Lord (the beginning of wisdom) and discover the knowledge of God.
These are all active verbs. In other words, we are to be about doing them consistently and constantly – with diligence and purpose. We do this through reading God’s word and praying for the Holy Spirit to teach us. It means time with God. It means trust and reliance and sincere searching. Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) Notice that even in this verse, the verbs are active. You must be about asking, seeking, and knocking.
I was in a Sunday school class with older ladies one day and expected to be sitting among mature Christians who knew their Bibles and had spent much time with God. I was surprised to realize that I knew a whole lot more Bible than they did, and that most were really babies in their faith walk with Jesus even though most had been Christians for 30 years of more. I began to pray and ask God “Why?”. As I listened and asked questions it became very clear to me that these women had not spent time seeking and searching. Their time had been spent on careers, raising their children, and getting more stuff. There is nothing wrong with a career or raising of children or having stuff, but if that is what you spend the majority of your time on to the exclusion of being in God’s word and prayer, then you will not grow in grace, mercy, knowledge, wisdom, joy, love, etc…