The entire second chapter is the second “talk” about living by the fear of the Lord (“wisdom”). Summed up, we are told to Wholeheartedly Seek God’s Wisdom to Gain His Protection from Evil.
You must have a wholehearted devotion to God’s Word, the only source of wisdom (v. 1, “words,” “commands”). Wholehearted devotion involves personal commitment (v. 1, “receive, treasure”) and definite obedience (v. 2, “incline, apply”), as well as a wholehearted diligence in seeking wisdom through earnest prayer (v. 3) and eager effort (v. 4). This whole-hearted devotion is essential to understand and find God’s wisdom, living by the fear of the Lord (v. 5).
- Do you look only to God’s word for how to live? (V. 1) Why shouldn’t you look to the world (1 John 2:15-17) or your own heart (Jer 17:9)?
- What specific kinds of effort are you putting into this? Vv. 1-4
- 2 means obedient listening is required for gaining wisdom.
- What you pray for shows your true desires. Do you put more effort in praying for wisdom than you do praying for physical needs? V. 3
- Think about the “eager effort” you would apply if you were told there was buried treasure buried on your land. Now, what kind of “eager effort” are you putting into seeking God’s treasure in His Word?
- Normally, gaining wealth takes great effort. Is it possible to be a wealthy fool? Read Luke 12:15-21.
- What is the fear of the Lord?