“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:1-5 (NIV)
To gain wisdom, not only must we be open to accepting the words of Scripture, but we must store up those commands.
In other words…we must remember them…even memorize them.
It does us absolutely no good to read Scripture for 15 minutes in the morning during our devotional time and then go into our day forgetting what we read. The truths we encounter in Scripture should be stored up within us in such a way that we can draw from them through the day as we encounter difficulties and trials.
Even worse though is remembering what we read, but failing to apply it to our lives.
The writer here tells us to apply our heart to understanding.
Engaging the heart is critical because if only our intellect is engaged with truth…application to our life will never occur.
We will know these truths…but they will never impact our life.
We counter this error by engaging the heart.
Engaging the heart means engaging our emotions and our desires. How do we feel about what we just read? How does it make us feel? How does it apply to our own desires for our life?
If we don’t engage the heart in understanding…truth remains knowledge and that understanding fails to change our life.
The most tragic example of this is Solomon himself…the probable author of these Proverbs. Solomon was given such great wisdom by God that 1 Kings 4:30 tells us that Solomon had greater wisdom than all the people of the east.
Yes in spite of all that wisdom, at the end of his life Solomon abandoned the God who gave Him that wisdom for the gods of his wives.
If Solomon can fail to apply his God-given wisdom to his life…then certainly we can do the same.
We can work against that by applying our hearts to understanding His word.
Prayer: Lord, help me engage both my heart and my mind with Your Scripture.