But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge… II Peter 1:5
To have knowledge means that you have a certain level of understanding of something which is gained by your own study, investigation, or experience. There are certain facts, truths, or principles in which you base this understanding upon. Since we are not all-knowing beings, knowledge of anything is an ongoing process that starts with simple truths and continues to grow if we nurture it. So, where does true knowledge begin for man?
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
Knowledge begins with the fear of the LORD, but how can we really come to understand what this entails or means?
My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5
Solomon wrote these proverbs as a man given great wisdom and inspired by God. He begins by simply saying we must fear the LORD, and then expounds on how to go about further understanding this. If one is going to aquire this knowledge they must experience, study, and investigate — experience by keeping his commands — study by listening and applying the heart to understanding — investigate by searching for discernment as a precious hidden treasure. It’s very clear that no one is going to gain knowledge by a half-hearted effort — only if it is sought as something so deeply desired where one would give anything to have it.
Since knowledge must be based on facts, truth, or principles it’s logical to ask the question: where do we find these things?
For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints. Proverbs 2:6-8
Since man is not all-knowing, why not go to the all-knowing source? God is the one who gives the facts. He’s the source of truth. He’s the one who directs us in matters of principle. And if we live by His facts, truth, and principles, we will be upright and gain not only knowledge, but wisdom, protection, and preservation as His saints.
Do you want to add knowledge? It’s right at your fingertips in the book containing the inspired words from the all-knowing God. Earnestly study, investigate, and experience the words from His mouth as hidden treasure and you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
All-knowing LORD, I want to gain knowledge. I accept the simple truth that knowledge begins with the fear of You, yet I know there is more I must learn to gain more understanding of what this means. To do this I will seek it as hidden treasure. I will devote my days to learn the words from Your mouth by studying the facts, investigating the truth, and experiencing life as Your saint by applying Your principles so that I will be upright. Thank you for the knoweledge, wisdom, and protection You provide. I fear You, my LORD, and strive to increase in discernment of what this entails. Amen.
Truth in love,
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