(Proverbs 2:1-4 KJV) My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
I have never been a fan of professional basketball. I used to enjoy playing and got into the high school and college competition but the professionals always seemed like a bunch of hot dogs looking for some relish. I knew the name of Michael Jordan but had never seen him play until for some reason I saw him in a documentary about his career. Suddenly I understood “hang time”.
But it was Michael the Philosopher that got to me the most. At one point he told the interviewer that there were many guys playing basketball on the streets that were better than he was but they could never make it in the NBA because they did not have the discipline. That is what these four verses are talking about in spiritual terms.
If you read over these verses you can see the conditions leading up to the promise that begins in verse five. The question being asked is, “How hungry are you?” Are you satisfied with instant oats or do you seek out and prepare the steel cut variety. Yes, you can get oatmeal in 60 seconds but it just isn’t the same.
So? Do you cry out for the knowledge that God wants you to have? Do you seek? God had promised to meet us and inform us. Grace responding to obedience.