We continue with the “if” (518) statements.
Saturday we had friends over for dinner. We got into an interesting conversation. At one point I was asked had I read Book X. When in dialogue with someone on the internet it often comes to the point where the other person will say I need to read Book Y and Book Z to really understand the issue. At a meeting the Invited Expert will quote Scientific Study A as conclusive proof. What do all of these have in common? Information I will never research. It is not that I don’t care, but we can be drowned in demands that we look at information so that we can understand. Experience has shown that it often does not give the evidence that is claimed. I am reluctant to spend the time doing the research. I can not know all about all.
I am more interested in Wisdom. And that is the quest that Proverbs is urging on us. And in this verse we see two requirements.
We must “seek” (1245). We know that God comes to us, but there is always that element of our desire for response. Consider the following well known references:
(Matthew 6:33 KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
(Matthew 7:7 KJV) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
(Hebrews 11:6 KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.There is a reward when we honestly, with open hearts seek to know God’s will.
We must “search” (2664). If you knew there was a treasure buried in your back yard you would keep digging until you found it. The Word of God is full of treasure. God put it there. He expects us to search for it. I don’t know if this is just repetition for emphasis or a call to ratchet up of the search machine. What it is saying to me today is that searching will reveal even more that seeking. If I drop a penny I might not even look down. If I drop a dime I will usually look for a moment but it isn’t worth a lot of concern. If I dropped a one ounce gold coin which is currently worth about $1,300, you better believe I would do some serious searching.
How valuable is it to you to know the will of God? How important is it to you to raise Godly children? How important is your position on abortion? How important is it to use an accurate translation of the Bible? The questions are endless.
So? Ask the questions. Answer the questions. Then decide if you are going to watch L.A. Law reruns or read I Corinthians 13. The answer will determine not only your priorities but also the kind of treasure God allows you to find.