The central theme of the Proverbs is knowledge and wisdom, we might find ourselves asking, how do I get wisdom…as in what specifically do I need to do?
Pro 2:1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,
Pro 2:2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;
Pro 2:3 yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
Pro 2:4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,
Pro 2:5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
So having read that, back to our question – how does one get knowledge and where does wisdom come from? The text says up there in verse 2 through 5, make your ear attentive and incline our heart to understanding…in other words, go to God with a humble heart, we are the creation, appealing to God, our Creator, so that means humble view of ourselves, and high view of God, this is not a conversation we are having with a colleague, we are talking to the King of Kings here. We are praying with a humble heart.
The Word then says, when we ask God for knowledge, do it with the same vim and vigor as if he we were searching for hidden treasure. If someone told us there was buried treasure in our backyard, we’d stop doing everything else and go find it…the Word tells us that we should be equally zealous when appealing to God, in other words, not reciting a bunch of prayers we learned when we were 9, but praying from the bottom of our hearts!
The text concludes that when we do that, go to God with a humble and contrite heart, and pray like our lives depended on it, we will then understand the fear of the Lord and the knowledge of God.
Jesus tells us in the beatitudes, Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for they will inherit the Kingdom. Poor in Spirit means, a humble heart. Knowing that we are sinful creatures, and only Christ’s work on the cross can unburden us from the weight of our sins.
That is the essence of the Gospel, Christ took on the form of man, became our sin on the cross, our sins were crucified, to pay the penalty of our sin, because the wages of sin is death, and then Christ rose up, thereby beating sin and death on the 3rd day, paving the way for us to have eternal life, when we put our trust in Him, or as the Proverbs says; cry out to Him in prayer with humble hearts.