Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 22:17 Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, 18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. 19 That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you. 20 Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge, 21 to make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
No One Seeks
After God; Yet...
This is really a great passage that speaks to the rock solid core foundation of our life and our mission in Christ. Solomon has encouraged us and reminded us to be seeking the things of God throughout Proverbs.
I also love Psalms which tells us over and over to do the same.
Psalm 105:4 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! 5 Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
First, in verse 17 Solomon says “Incline your ear”. We are to have a seekers heart for wisdom and knowledge. Throughout Gods word we are charged to seek after God and yet the Bible is very clear in Romans 3.
Romans 3:10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
So how can this dilemma be rectified? What might bring a non seeker… who hides from the light of truth… to come to seek God? We will get to that in a minute.
Continuing with verse 18:
18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.
The wisdom from above will bring us pleasure when it is internalized within us and then we will be ready to share with others... but it’s something we are given first. You see God does not hide good things from those who seek to see more of his glory; because when we seek, we find and then these things of the invisible spiritual kingdom of God bring us amazing joy even if the world is exploding all around us. Solomon says “it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,”. So we find more and more joy as we see more of Gods glory and thereby become closer and more in sync with him practically; even as we walk in the Holy Spirit we are also walking in joy.
Remember just a minute ago we read Psalm 105:4 which said this about the Lord: ”seek his presence continually!”.
Check this out: Psalm 16:11 says: You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
In His Presence... that's what we should be seeking continually even while we are here on earth... Its a Spiritual thing and it's where we will find joy!
In verse 19 tells us another reason why we should seek the wisdom and knowledge of God. Solomon says… “That your trust may be in the Lord”. Solomon it seems has pondered all these rich truths of God which he is sharing with us… These are treasures that bring joy and change us from the inside out. As the show us the beauty of God and point to Christ as the greatest treasure in the Universe, they are exposing the promises of the world and sin and satan as false treasures that promise satisfaction but bring brokenness and destruction. Solomon says: “That your trust may be in the Lord”.
These truths from Solomon were written down… many were addressed to his own sons… and now the whole world has no excuse for not doing what verse 17 says and seeking them out. Even many in countries where the Bible is banned have prayed to the Lord and God has made a way for them to be given them his word.
In Matthew 7 Jesus had just been speaking of things that are holy; so what follows is not about things relating to the lusts of the flesh... Here's what he says:
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 I f you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
So again, how can we ask knock and seek if Romans 3 is true?
Remember, Romans 3:11 says: no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
As we look at verses 20 and 21 Solomon we can see that reaffirms 2 reasons why he has written about the awesome truths of God… Reason 1: “to make you know what is right and true”. Solomon wrote these words “to make you know”… but it is the Holy Spirit who enlightens our hearts and minds to actually know. Just as we tell our children about the Lord, it is He who lets them see.
You see, the good news of the Messiah is all about God opening our eyes personally; and it’s always connected to his Word. God... He is the one who directs our will and quickens our heart to seek his beauty. We can seek God in truth only as God seeks us out first.
Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
We are blind; he is the eye opener.
We are deaf to his words; he gives us ears to hear.
We have no understanding or awareness until God let’s us know Jesus is the greatest treasure in the Universe.
We are dead spiritually like Lazarus was physically until God says come forth.
We are without form and void, and darkness is over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God hovers over our heart. And God says let there be light and we become a new creation in Christ Jesus.
2nd Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
The good news is how Jesus is the promised one from Genesis 3 after mankind fell into sin. He would come and do what mankind did not do and that is obey Gods commandments and keep his word perfectly as a man. He gives his righteousness to all who believe God concerning Jesus, looking to him as the promised one for their unrighteousness. Jesus came and lived a perfect life and died the wicked sinners death we deserve. He was paid the wages of our sin. Then, on the third day he defeated the hold sin had in death through the law (the wages of sin is death… the soul that sinners it shall die); and God gives us that same power over the hold sin has in life to have victory over temptation as we walk with him. God will raise us as Jesus was raised no longer subject to the entropy connected with sin to be with him forever.
So in closing... back to the text… again; the first reason Solomon wrote about the truths he says is “to make you know what is right and true”. He wants our eyes and ears and heart to be awakened to Gods truths. That's what happens when we see Jesus as good news.
2ndly Solomon says he writes these things “that you may give a true answer to those who sent you”.
So yes this goes perfectly with the Gospel through all of scripture. #1 see, #2 share. We usually do this automatically even when we are passionate about things of this world. Football and all sports... other hobbies... our favorite food, music.... we see, we hear, we taste and if we like... then we share.