Blog - Proverbs 2:4
The third and final condition necessary to understand the fear of the LORD and to find the knowledge and wisdom of God (Pro 2:5-6) is, like the second condition, comprised of two elements: seeking and searching (Pro 2:4). The Lord Jesus Christ, "a greater than Solomon" (Mat 12:42), taught as did Solomon that in order to receive "good things" (such as knowledge and wisdom) from our heavenly Father a man must first ask, and then seek, before finding them.
Mat 7:7-11 - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?If thou seekest her. Asking is necessary, but not sufficient, for finding God's knowledge and wisdom. Christians must not stop in their pursuit of the knowledge of God and His truth after having merely asked for it, but must prove that their desire is genuine by seeking it. To seek is "to go in search or quest of; to try to find, look for" (OED). Asking involves desire, but seeking requires effort; asking is relatively easy, but seeking is difficult. Because of apathy, few men ask for knowledge and wisdom; because of laziness, even fewer yet will seek for it. The fact that the knowledge of God must be sought for implies that the Almighty conceals it from men in general, which He does by hiding it in plain sight: for wisdom cries from every corner of life (Pro 1:20-21; 8:1-3). If thou seekest her as silver. The LORD here describes the intensity with which understanding, knowledge, and wisdom are to be sought after. There are few things that men will seek for with more diligence and drive than precious metals such as silver and gold. Mining for gold and silver is not for the slothful, but for the industrious. For millennia men have compassed land and sea, enduring hardship and deprivation, with the hopes of finding these costly commodities, often forsaking family and career for the chance of finding a fortune they deemed worth it. Rarely is silver found lying on the surface of the earth, but is nearly always discovered buried deep within it, requiring extreme exertion and often risk of life and limb to extract it. As it is for him who seeks silver, so it is for the man that seeks the knowledge of God: it will cost him dearly, sometimes including even his family, friends, time, reputation, career, and lifestyle. The knowledge and wisdom of God are far more valuable than gold or silver, and are therefore worth exerting more time and effort to find and acquire than them.
Pro 3:13-15 - Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
Pro 8:10-11,19 - Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. 11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. 19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
Pro 16:16 - How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
Psa 19:7-10 - The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psa 119:72 - The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
Psa 119:127 - Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
Mat 13:44-46 - Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.