By Jamie Trisler
For over 10 years Archeologist Howard Carter spent his days diligently looking for King Tutankhamun’s, a.k.a. King Tut, tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Despite many setbacks, Howard’s determination paid off in November of 1922 when he found the tomb with a treasure-trove of valuable artifacts. His forethought, hard work, and patience were the keys to his discovery.
Solomon challenges his son to value the commandments, God’s law and instruction, (v.1) and wisdom (v.4). He gave him directives on how to seek these things (vs. 1-4). Why? Solomon knew the keys to discovering the commandments and wisdom and as well as their worth were the directives, and the desire of Solomon’s heart was that his son would listen and follow them. The commandments and wisdom are priceless treasures when found.
King Solomon goes on to reveal the value of a vigorous committed search to his son:
“then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God” (v. 5).
Knowing God comes from the intake of His Word which gives meaning to the mandate to fear the Lord. The personal application of Proverbs 2:1-5 is rightly stated by Kay Arthur: “To fear God is to have an awesome respect for who He is and a reverential trust in His Word and His character, and to live accordingly.” The questions for a child of God is, “Are you as devoted as Howard Carter was in his search for King Tut’s tomb when it comes to your relationship with your Lord God?” If not, “Will you follow the directives that Solomon spoke to his son?”