Proverbs 2:1 & 5
“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee…Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”
Dissected & Defined
Receive means to willingly retain. Hide means to protect. Commandments are a set of rules. Fear of the Lord is a synonym for wisdom (Job 28:28). It is best expressed by a respect for God’s authority and power over all. The knowledge of God is not information about God, but rather a personal relation with God.
Solomon taught his son to willingly retain the underlying meanings of what he was teaching him and to protect himself through meditation (we hide things in our minds and we meditate in our hearts). Thus, we can conclude that willingly accepting his father’s teaching and consistent meditation on this teaching would protect the child from great harm in life.
This wise father realized that through proper retention and meditation on valuable teachings, his son would develop wisdom. This wisdom is described in this passage (and many others) as a fear of the Lord.
Meditate on Proper Teaching
Meditation on proper teaching is a show of willing receiving and strong desires to protect (hide) those truths for one’s own benefits.
And what benefits those would be. You gain an intimate personal relationship with the Father that manifests itself in a deep respect for the authority of God and a constant realization of His power over the universe.
With these truths hidden in our meditators, we will be in a much better position to face adversity. Why? Because we will find ourselves dwelling on this positive truth: God is sovereign over all and my life is kept safely in His hands. What a respect that will develop. Yea, what wisdom is displayed in circumstances such as this.
Do you meditate? If so, on what? Could it be we fail to meditate on what God intends because we aren’t willing to receive it? Or, are we are failing to listen altogether? Just a thought.
Think about it. A lot!
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