“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”
I have often enjoyed working with my granddaughters and daughter teaching them the recipes from our family collections. I’ve taught them that the secret to a good outcome is to follow the instructions; when we didn’t follow instructions our dessert or main dish was a flop. I’ve also been the witness to my husband as he put together a bike or dollhouse or some wonderful device the grandchildren would love at Christmas time. He would read the instructions and re-read them as he proceeded through the building of his project. Had it not been for the instructions, we laugh, how would it have looked? An instruction manual or recipe for knowledge is found in our passage today. Just as Solomon is teaching here; his instructions must be followed and his son will find the greatest riches known to man; the knowledge of God and the reverence of the LORD.
When we step out in our own strength and wisdom to find God we often try to reason with what we know about life to fit God into our understanding. But God has called us to commit our thoughts and understanding to him and he will renew our minds and our understanding. It’s when we go back to the “recipe/instruction manual” provided in these verses that we begin to understand.
When we come to him, we are given instructions to follow in our growth and daily living. We must start with the most important ingredient, and that first ingredient is coming to Him and hearing Him and then we begin applying His wisdom to our lives. This week, we’re going to go where the LORD leads in His instructions to us, and for today, I’d like to share some passages that serve as recipes for continued growth. When you have a moment to sit and listen to the LORD, turn to these passages of how to walk and live with the LORD and gain knowledge of God and understanding of our LORD: Romans 12:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:15-17; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9-14; and Titus 3:4-6.
Prayer: LORD, as we come to you this week, teach us of your wisdom and knowledge. Create in us hearts that are clean and renew in us a right spirit to learn from you. Draw us back to you if we stray away. Let us learn that there is no reward in finding knowledge or wisdom in our own strength. Cause us to hunger after your counsel instead of the counsel of this world. LORD, give to us the understanding for living a life pleasing to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©