Have you ever been on a treasure hunt? One summer when we were at the beach we used the theme “treasure hunting.” Not only did we hunt for shells by day and crabs by night and make cupcakes to look like a treasure map, but, we actually buried a box of treasure in the sand and the kids had to use a treasure map to uncover the treasure. What fun it was to see the delight on their faces when the box was found & goodies enjoyed!
Proverbs is a book in the Bible full of treasures to uncover.
“My child, listen to what I say and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to FEAR the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the LORD grants wisdom! From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” ~Proverbs 2:1-6 (NLT)
One of the treasures I see in the first several chapters of Proverbs is the “Fear of the Lord.”
“Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” ~Proverbs 1:7 (NLT)
“Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.” ~Proverbs 3:8 (NLT)
“The Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” ~Proverbs 9:10 (ESV)
“Fear of the LORD” is one of the core themes of the book of Proverbs and is seen in many more verses throughout its pages. These verses point to the critical dependence of knowledge and wisdom on the “fear of the Lord.” So what does fearing the LORD mean in practical terms?
Knowledge and wisdom are closely tied throughout Proverbs and the Bible. Knowledge tends to focus on correct understanding of something while wisdom is the application of knowledge. The verses above set the tone that a person cannot truly attain either unless there is a “fear of the Lord.” Fear of the Lord can mean godly awe, reverence, and devotion as well as the fear of God’s displeasure and fatherly discipline. The reason the fear of the Lord is the foundation or beginning of both knowledge and wisdom is this: “the moral life begins with reverence and humility before the Maker and Redeemer.” Ultimately, the biblical pursuit of knowledge and wisdom is distinct from other religions and cultures because it asserts that submission to the Lord is foundational to the attainment of real understanding. (ESV Study Bible, p. 1135).
Much of our society today is about seeking truth. Many scholars will debate the presence or absence of absolute truth in all realms of life. I certainly do not claim to have all the answers, but I do know Who does have all the answers. My LORD God who created the heavens and the earth. I know in my own personal quest for the treasures of knowledge and wisdom I must first submit daily to the authority of Christ as my God and Savior. It certainly is not always easy to submit to God’s will over my own. However, after many years of journeying with the Lord, I trust my God knows more than I do, He is “for me,” and He will direct my path if I yield my will to His.
“Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.” ~Proverbs 4:25-27 (NLT)
So where are you in your relationship with the Lord? Do you trust the Lord to guide you? Do you acknowledge that God and Jesus have all authority and are the foundation to all wisdom and knowledge?
I know I am thankful for the treasures from the early chapters of Proverbs to “Fear the Lord” and to “Trust in the Lord” more than in my own understanding. I am looking forward to uncovering more treasures as we read Proverbs and pray I can help my own children learn some of them with me as we continue on our quests with the Lord.
As we read the book of Proverbs this month (one chapter each day), seek out the treasures found in this book and jot them in your Bible study notebook. This will be an exciting list to review in a few weeks. Enjoy your treasure hunt!
Take time to worship the Lord – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RBc188biCs
Reference: ESV Study Bible, English Standard Version. (2008). Crossway Bibles: Wheaton, Illinois.