Proverbs 2: The Pursuit of Knowledge
Yesterday, I wrote about how we need to fear God before we can have knowledge and wisdom. I wrote about how we need to become anchored in the word of God to really learn who He is and develop this sense of fear and respect.
Proverbs 2 provides us with another way of developing this kind of fear of God. There is another way to learn about Him so that we will put Him in the right perspective.
Pro 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Pro 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
Pro 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Pro 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
In verse five, we are reaffirming that knowledge does come from God, so that is good. That hasn’t changed since the previous chapter. However, if you want to fear God, you need to be one who seeks after knowledge. I know that this is a radical concept, and it might be a little bit frightening. However, if we are really looking for knowledge, I am convinced that that pursuit will always lead us back to God.
Again, like I said yesterday, the secular world will tell you this is ridiculous, but I think that this is an important concept for all of us.
For example, I know that there can be fear of academic learning. Parents might worry that by sending their child to a secular college, it could rattle their faith. I am not trying to deny that it certainly could. However, this verse ought to be some type of comfort. If God really is that the base of everything and really is the ultimate Creator of everything, then eventually our pursuit of knowledge should lead us back to God if we are being intellectually honest. If God was not the Creator, then obviously that previous sentence does not apply, but if He is, it is certainly logical to assume that all knowledge will lead back to God.
I took a pair of classes in college called The Pursuit of Knowledge. It made me think of that as I was reading this passage. If you really try to follow knowledge wherever it leads, you are going to end up back with God if He is everything that we as Christians say He is.