I love metal detecting. There’s a certain feeling when you spend hours of searching and then you finally dig something up that’s really amazing. I know several people who have unearthed jars full of old coins that had been buried. There’s an excitement, a joy, and a feeling of awesomeness I can’t quite put into words. Finding treasure is cool.
It’s interesting, whenever a great treasure that’s hidden, there’s a secret map or key that used to conceal it. I’ve never heard of a treasure map having longitudes and latitudes. As one movie character said, “Why can’t they just say, ‘go to this place, here’s the treasure, spend it wisely’?” The map is one which takes time to read, you must spend hours researching.
You would think that in metal detecting, you would just use the thing and find money – Bam! You’re rich! Well, not really. I took the time to read up on how to find stuff metal detecting. The experts will tell you that most of their “work” is done in libraries. Before you find the awesome stuff, you need to study traffic patterns from 100 years ago, find old pictures, and read up on old homesteads. You ask questions like, “Where was the boardwalk 50 years ago? Were these bushes always here? Is this vacant lot an old baseball field?” All these tidbits of info will tell you where to go to find the great stuff.
You must learn certain things to find physical treasure, but you must be certain things to find spiritual treasure.
In Proverbs 2, Solomon commands his son to seek after understanding and knowledge like he would seek after hidden treasure. The reason for this commandment is very interesting. Solomon tells us that one should search so intensely because:
“the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.”
In these verses, there is a promise of reward and a promise of protection.
But notice this, wisdom is mentioned twice. The first time, God is pictured simply giving it out. The second time, God is laying it up. The original word for “Layeth up” could be translated hide or treasure.”
Wouldn’t you say that there’s a difference between someone handing you treasure and someone hiding it somewhere? Yeah, I would too. Notice that the first wisdom (the one that’s handed out) is simply wisdom. The second wisdom (that’s hidden) is sound wisdom. In essence, God hides the special wisdom for the righteous and it appears that He gives the other wisdom out to anybody who walks by.
From my perspective on this verse, it would seem that anyone could come to God and get wisdom and understanding. Anyone can read the Bible and learn. Anyone can say a flippiant prayer and God may answer. God gives wisdom. He speaks knowledge and understanding.
But God hides the sound wisdom for the righteous. He knows that only those who truly serve God have the character to look long enough and hard enough to find His special treasures. Only those who have faith will receive the special reward. No one else can find it.
So I challenge you, read over Proverbs 2. Study it out. Meditate on it. Dedicate yourself to understanding the fear of the Lord and finding the knowledge of God. Prepare your heart to seek the Lord. Your dedication will be rewarded. Remember, God lays up sound wisdom for the righteous. Yes, the treasure is hidden, but if you’re righteous, it’s hidden for you.
“For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
” It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” – Proverbs 25:2
Let’s be kingly.