My son, if you accept my wordsand store up my commands within you,turning your ear to wisdomand applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insightand cry aloud for understanding,and if you look for it as for silverand search for it as for hidden treasure,then you will understand the fear of the Lordand find the knowledge of God.For the Lord gives wisdom;from his mouth come knowledge and understanding”. – Provers 2:1-6
Insight: Knowledge without application is meaningless. I think one of the biggest challenges, but also one of the biggest opportunities, in being a Christian is learning how to apply the words we read in the Bible and make them applicable in a practical way to our everyday lives. When we are able to achieve this, it is like we are turning on the power of the Bible to manifest itself in our lives in a magnificent and productive way. However, it takes lots of time spent not only in reading the Word of God but also in prayer asking for the Holy Spirit to help provide us the discernment necessary to be able to apply it to our lives. I know when I have been able to do this in a practical way, it has infused me with new energy and a deeper sense of purpose. It also is virtuous cycle that as we have success in applying principles of the Bible in a practical way to our lives, it leads us to wanting more and more of that, and we seek God’s word with more zeal.
So what are a few of the ways I have been able to do this? The possibilities are really limitless, as is the wisdom of God. In Proverbs 2:5-6 above God promises that if we search for His wisdom with a high intensity, He will provide it. A few examples that I have leaned on would include: When I am tired or life has me beaten down, Isaiah 40:31 promises the Lord “will renew our strength.” If we are unsure of a decision or which path to take in our life, Psalm 32:8 promises God will “instruct us in the way we should go.” If we are feeling prideful and are worried about this, James 4:10 says we can “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” 1 Corinthians 2:13 promises us “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.” We can find freedom like never before in the spirit’s presence because “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 The Bible is full of God’s wisdom and He means for us to be able to apply it to our lives to help us through any and every situation. But it is up to us to “look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,” as Proverbs 2:4 above says. When we do, He promises to provide the answers we are searching for. In fact, the answer to every question we have and every problem we face can be found in the Bible- it is up to us to simply open it’s pages and seek it out!