My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
God wants us to have insight and understanding. Why does He instruct us to call out and cry aloud for what He already desires to give us?
Maybe because we would take the Giver for granted if we didn’t call out.
Maybe because we need humility in order to be teachable, acknowledging that every insight comes from Him.
Maybe it focuses us to depend on the Spirit to teach us and helps us remember how hungry and desperate we are.
Maybe if we don't cry out, we will (to paraphrase author Jerry Bridges) settle for facts that inform rather than wisdom that transforms.
After tuning in and crying out, we are called to search for wisdom as we'd search for treasure. H.A. Ironside notes:
"The earnest seeker must dig into the Word of God as a man searching for silver or hidden treasure. He will not be content with surface findings. When God’s words are valued more than our necessary food, the result is certain: “Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”
Are God's words more valuable to me than daily needs? More than catching up on news and opinions? Am I too content with surface findings?
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (Psalm 42:1)
With Paul may we cry out:
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! (Romans 11:33)
We can never exhaust the fullness of those riches!
Question for reflection and discussion: What is your treasure? What are you most passionate about finding? Recognition? Approval? Security? Ask God to search your heart.