“Seek It Like Silver”Categories: Godly Living, Proverbs
In Proverbs 2, the wise man encourages his child to listen to what he is being told, to pay attention, and “treasure” it. The teaching of the word is so important that he commands his son to “seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasure.” But we must understand that this is not just knowledge for the sake of knowledge. Verse 5 tells us why we must do this: “Then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.”
This is what it is all about – a relationship with God. To have a relationship with God we must know Him. And to know Him, we must seek after Him.
In 1 Chronicles 28:9, David told Solomon, “If you seek Him, He will be found by you.”
In 2 Chronicles 15:2, the prophet Azariah told Asa, “If you seek Him, He will be found by you.”
In Isaiah 55:6, we read, “Seek the LORD while he may be found.”
In Isaiah 65:1, listen to God’s broken heart, “I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation that was not called by my name.”
In Jeremiah 29:13, the prophet says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
And Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He is and He rewards those who seek Him.”
Most of us would claim to be seeking after God, but the question is “how diligently are we seeking God?” Are we, like the wise man says, seeking God like we seek silver or treasure? Do we spend time in God’s word and in prayer like we spend time at our jobs? Does our time in spiritual activities come anywhere close to our time spent at our desks or in front of the TV or in our school work?
In the parables of Matthew 13, Jesus likened the kingdom to someone who found a treasure in the field and immediately sold all he had in order to buy the field. In the following verses Jesus tells of a merchant who found a pearl of great value. When he found this pearl, he sold everything he had in order to buy it. Is that how we feel about our relationship with God? Are we willing to sacrifice everything else for it? Or are there a few things that come before “seeking God” on your to-do list?
The statement in Isaiah 55:6 implies a scary truth: “Seek the LORD while he may be found.” A time is coming when we may try to finally seek the Lord, but it will be too late.