Proverbs 2:1-6 KJV
“My son, if though wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures’ Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”
I wanted to bring attention to this particular passage of scripture for two reasons. 1: it gives you step-by-step instructions on how to understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Which is literally the beginning of wisdom (you’ll find more on this in Proverbs 9 Verse 10). And 2: the verbs in this passage provide the perfect recipe for living a godly life successfully.
If you’ll go back and read through the passage above and pick out the verbs in each verse this is the instruction you would find:
Receive God’s words = read the Bible and accept what it says as Truth. Hide His commandments in your heart = memorize them so no matter where you are you have them with you. Incline your ear to wisdom = learn to prefer wisdom. Apply your heart to understand = involve yourself in God’s word and His will. Cry out after knowledge = don’t let the opportunity to learn pass you by. Lift up your voice for understanding = never miss an opportunity to fully understand. Seek this like you would seek out silver = look for it like you would seek out precious jewels. Search for this as you would search for hidden treasure = never stop searching.
Receive. Hide. Incline. Apply. Cry out. Lift up. Seek. Search. Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
If you do this, God promises you will be given wisdom and knowledge and understanding.