In the book of Proverbs, there seems to be a prescription for attaining knowledge of God that involves an active pursuit instead of being passive and just assuming that a one-time salvation knowledge is good enough. By this I mean that after a believer’s initial experience of coming to know God through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, we are to grow in that knowledge. God tells us of this through Peter’s second epistle, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
In our passage from Proverbs 2:1-5 we see a path toward growth in the knowledge of the Lord:
1My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
Does this sound passive? Does it sound like a one-time coming to knowledge of God in salvation? Or does it sound like a relentless pursuit of knowledge of the Lord God Almighty through His Word? Clearly it’s the latter.
Note below God’s response to this pursuit in vs. 1-9:
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
8 He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
Now the benefits vs. 10-16:
for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 discretion will watch over you,
understanding will guard you,
12 delivering you from the way of evil,
from men of perverted speech,
13 who forsake the paths of uprightness
to walk in the ways of darkness,
14 who rejoice in doing evil
and delight in the perverseness of evil,
15 men whose paths are crooked,
and who are devious in their ways.
16 So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman,
from the adulteress with her smooth words
Seek Him and you will Find Him. Pursue Him with a passion and He will continually reveal more of Himself to you. The benefits He provides will be endless.