March 15, 2018

Proverbs 2:1 (NLT) — 1 My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.

Take these valuable words and keep them within yourself so that you can use them. You want to be able to apply them when needed. They will form your thinking. They will shape your attitude and your behavior. Memorize and meditate and remember what is said.

Proverbs 2:2 (NLT) — 2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.

I remember as a teenager I got my first transistor radio. There was a channel dial on it that I would turn to tune in the station I wanted to listen to. At night I would lay in my bed and try to tune in the Yankees games. Because the stations that carried the games were so far away from North Dakota turning the dial had to be done with a real sensitive touch to land on the channel that I wanted. If it wasn’t just right I would pick up signals from a couple of other stations at the same time. One station might be broadcasting talk show, another music, and they interfered with what the announcers were saying about the game. I could kind of hear all three at the same time and one might come in clear and then fade out to the other one and so on. At times I really had to concentrate to discern the voices of the announcers.

So in real life we have a lot of voices all speaking to us at the same time > cell phone, television, newspaper, friends, neighbors, co-workers, employers, internet, pastors,  and the Lord etc. Solomon is saying we must tune in to the voice of the Lord and tune out the rest of the voices.

We do this by concentrating on what we read in the word of God because it is pure wisdom. In concentrating we may have to read it over a few times. We may have to write it out on paper and take it with us and look at it from time to time. We may have to memorize it. We may have to listen to it on CD. etc.

A guy told me once that he would always fall asleep when he started to read his bible. Obviously that didn’t help his concentration. However he was so desperate for the wisdom of God that he told me he found the solution to not falling asleep as he was reading. His solution was to stand on the edge of his bathtub as he read! No joke, that is what kept him awake and able to concentrate. Hey what ever it takes to tune in, right. For me I would have had to concentrate on not falling over but for him it worked.

Proverbs 2:3 (NLT) — 3 Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.

The idea here is to put forth the effort to understand and obey the word. Put forth the effort to store up the word on the inside. Like one who hollers for help. If no help comes they holler louder. They put forth the effort.

Proverbs 2:4 (NLT) — 4 Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.

Lets say you bought $5,000 in silver coins just in case our money somehow got devalued. So you put them in a safe place in your house. And then one day you thought you would check on your coins and they weren’t where you thought you had put them. I’m sure your reaction would be, “Oh well they will turn up some day.” Yeah right. My guess is that you would ransack the house turning over everything that could be moved until you found the silver.

Solomon is saying that we should use that same effort when we look for insight and understanding in God’s word. Use cross references, concordances, commentaries etc. Look, look and look andGod will reward that kind of effort and your house will remain intact in the process:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!