A Challenge Based on A Promise

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Proverbs 2:1-5

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

This first sentence in this chapter is very active. It is a promise based on conditions. If is the operative word here. Before looking at the cost, let’s examine the reward. This reward is found after THEN in verse 5. The reward is understanding the fear of the Lord and finding the knowledge of God.

Earlier this week, Stephen Hawking, a theoretical physicist who is considered to be one of the brightest men in the world by the world’s standards, said that the notion of heaven is a fantasy for those who are scared of the dark. When someone of his pedigree makes a statement like that, we must examine the facts closely.

I first encountered the work of Stephen Hawking through his book, “A Brief History of Time.” It was an interesting book which stimulated thought. At this point in his journey, Hawking stipulated the possibility of God because of the vastness of the universe. I recall thinking at the time that he was a rarity among intellectuals by admitting his ignorance on the matter. I respected his work because he followed a principle of scientific study of not making unsubstantiated claims. He had not observed or gathered evidence of God, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of God’s existence.

Twenty years later, Hawking violates this principle. I wonder what happened. I cannot know for certain because Hawking and I are not associates. We’ve never met or communicated by any method other than my reading his work. In light of this, I can postulate a premise based on his work and biblical principles. I believe Hawking has spent a lifetime thinking on things of this world and not seeking God.

Consider the promise of this passage of scripture. For Hawking (or anyone) to gather evidence of God, to discover the knowledge of God, he would have to satisfy the “if” conditions. There are eight actions one must take to discover the knowledge of God. These are:

1. you receive my words                                              Read the Bible
2. treasure up my commandments with you         Meditate on Scripture

3. making your ear attentive to wisdom                 Listen to Godly teaching

4. inclining your heart to understanding               Seek to understand the Bible

5. call out for insight                                                   Ask God for wisdom through prayer
6. raise your voice for understanding                     Pray continually for wisdom

7. seek it like silver                                                      Value Godly wisdom
8. search for it as for hidden treasures                  Earnestly seek Godly wisdom above all else

In essence, practice the Matthew 7:33 Principle. Jesus taught us to “seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, and all these will be added to you.” The promise of God found in Matthew and Proverbs is that He will reveal Himself to those who seek Him. I have found this to be true, as has millions of believers throughout the world and across the ages. The logical conclusion, then, is that Hawking has not sought the wisdom of God.

But it is not too late yet – for Hawking or for you. The good news is that the Creator wants to be known. Even better than that, God is searching for you! If you don’t believe me, then accept my challenge and see for yourself.

I challenge you to prioritize over the next month to seek God first above everything else you do. Follow the eight actions listed above with an open heart and open mind and see that God will reveal Himself to you. I recommend reading the gospels first (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and then go from there. Contact me or talk to other believers if you have questions. Comment below for a public discourse if you prefer. The only posts I will not publish will be vitriolic or inflammatory. Aside from that, all points of view will be accepted and discussed.

What do you think? Am I right? Share your story below. Am I wrong? Provide evidence for your position.

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