IF... THEN... SO... Proverbs 2


What is the purpose of proverbs?

Ross set us clearly last week with a clear biblical explanation of the purpose of the book of proverbs.

To gain wisdom, being skilled at living life well, for the simple and the wise, through practical principles not promises, with the fear of the Lord as foundational.

He also showed us in Proverbs 1, that…

Wisdom is not self-deduced, self-reflection, it comes from God and relies on a right understanding of God.

And so, we continue our learning in Proverbs by focusing on Proverbs 2 this morning.

May we, as it says in Proverbs 1:5

…hear and increase in learning, and (be) the one(s) who understands (and) obtain guidance.

Have you noticed in life, that things tend to follow a logical, ordered pattern?

If you run into a brick wall, then you stop suddenly, so your nose bleeds profusely.

I have experienced this in life…

  • If you, at age 12, attempt to fix a metal bedside lamp and wire it incorrectly, then you touch the metal lamp stand and get electrocuted, so you go and get your dad to help.

  • If you climb on a ladder onto the roof with muddy boots, then you will slip and fall off, so your finger will be bent for the rest of your life.

Things tend to follow a logical, ordered pattern.

And our passage today presents us with a clear, logical order when it comes to wisdom.

If… Then... So…

If you pursue, seek and receive wisdom from God, then you will understand the fear of the Lord, righteousness and justice, so you will be saved from the influence of evil people and live righteously.

So, how important to you is gaining wisdom from God?

If it is important, then Proverbs 2 reveals to us what we must value, so we must make these things important in our daily lives and relationships.

IF... (vs. 1-4)

Treasure God’s Word (vs 1-2)

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; Proverbs 2:1-2

If we desire wisdom, then we must treasure God’s Word.

God’s Word, the Bible, are words directly from God. They are the very heart, mind, character and nature of God, revealing His plans and purposes. God’s Word.

If we value gaining wisdom from God, if it is important to us, then Proverbs 2 shares how we are to approach God’s Word, the Bible.

We need to receive God’s words – take hold of them, accept them. We need to be like the Psalmist…

Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes… Psalm 119:33

We need to treasure up His commands – store them up, keep them, hide them away in our memory so they can be recalled. Again, like the Psalmist…

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

We need to be attentive to wisdom – pay attention, listen carefully. Be diligent in hearing what God is saying in His word.

We need to Incline our hearts to understanding – We must allow what we hear to be absorbed from our ears to our heart. From hearing to applying. The Psalmist got this need…

With my whole heart I seek you… Psalm 119:10

We must treasure God’s words as the fountain and standard of wisdom and understanding.

What place does God’s Word have in your life?

Do you receive it, treasure it?

Are you attentive to it and allow it to affect your heart, your very being?

We must treasure God’s words as the fountain and standard of wisdom and understanding.

If we desire wisdom, then we must call out to God.

…yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, Proverbs 2:3

Call out to God (vs. 3)

As we heard last week God is the source of all wisdom. This is accentuated again in our passage today.

For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; Proverbs 2:6

If we value gaining wisdom from God, if it is important to us, then Proverbs 2 shares how we are to approach God’s God.

Ask for insight and understanding – discernment, how to handle truth correctly.

Give me understanding, that I may keep your law… Proverbs 119:34

As Ross shared with us last week…

Wisdom is not self-deduced, self-reflection, it comes from God and relies on a right understanding of God.

We need God to led us into wisdom. Therefore we must call on Him. We must seek the guidance and illumination of the Holy Spirit as we pursue, seek and receive wisdom from God.