A Simple IF-THEN-ELSE

The whole Proverbs chapter 2 is really amazing, and definitely a holy calling for a lifetime. What is great about this chapter is that it is a “simple” if-then-else structure. If you do this, then this will happen. Plain and simple! Actually, let’s just write it down like that to make it clear.

IF YOU

{
receive my words (v.1)
treasure up my commandments with you (v.1)
make your ear attentive to wisdom (v.2)
incline your heart to understanding (v.2)
call out for insight (v.3)
raise your voice for understanding (v.3)
seek [wisdom] like silver (v.4)
search for [wisdom] as for hidden treasures (v.4)
}

THEN YOU

{
will find the knowledge of God (v.5)
will understand the fear of the LORD (v.5)
will understand righteousness (v.9)
will understand justice (v.9)
will understand equity (v.9)
will understand every good path (v.9)
will have wisdom come into your heart (v.10)
will have knowledge which will be pleasant to your soul (v.10)
will have discretion watching over you (v.11)
will have understanding guarding you (v.11)
will walk in the way of the good (v.20)
will keep to the paths of the righteous (v.20)
will inhabit and remain in the land (v.21)
will be delivered from the way of evil (v.12)
will be delivered from men of perverted speech (v.12)

{
who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness (v.13)
who rejoice in doing evil (v.14)
who delight in the perverseness of evil (v.14)
who have paths that are crooked (v.15)
who are devious in their ways (v.15)
}

will be delivered from the forbidden woman, the adulteress with her smooth words (v.16)

{
who forsakes the companion of her youth (v.17)
who forgets the covenant of her God (v.17)
}

}

ELSE

{
your house sinks down to death (v.18)
your paths will sink to the departed (v.18)
you will be cut off from the land (v.22)
you will be rooted out of the land (v.22)
}

How can we be sure of this? Because of the amazing character of the LORD

  1. the LORD gives wisdom (v.6)
  2. from his mouth comes knowledge (v.6)
  3. from his mouth comes understanding (v.6)
  4. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright (v.7)
  5. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity (v.7)
  6. He is guarding the paths of justice (v.8)
  7. He is watching over the way of his saints (v.8)

Aren’t these amazing promises! I love how the conditions are few yet the outcome is great. It gives me great enthusiasm to go for it! I think the conditions can be summed up as one who by grace of God is pursuing humility and diligently searches for God’s heart and is eager to have an unveiled face to behold the glory of God (2 Corinthians 3:18), to see “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6) and be transformed into His image. Wow!