The quick answer? Yes! Access to God’s infinite knowledge is possible! A large percentage of people I ask, whether Christian or not, tell me they don’t believe it – they don’t agree they can know what God knows.
I see you shaking your head too. “Nope, I don’t believe it either,” you say.
But it is possible when you do your portion in cooperation with God Himself. Let’s look at your part first.
Doing Your Part to Access God’s Knowledge
I’ll bet you didn’t even think you had a role to play in accessing God’s knowledge. Somehow, somewhere, in your life, you learned God saves, rules, judges, and so on. But, what you may not have learned is one of the greatest gifts God offers comes by way of granting wisdom and understanding (His knowledge).
Let’s do a little exploration in Proverbs chapter 2 today.
~ Listen to Access God’s Knowledge
“My child, listen to what I say…” v.1a
Before you do anything to access God’s knowledge, you must listen to His voice. How do you listen?
First, you find your prayer closet, or quiet room, or whatever you choose to call the place you meet God alone every day.
Second, when you feel like praying, don’t say anything. That’s right! Keep your mouth and mind closed to speaking or praying. However, keep your spirit open and listening to God’s Spirit to speak.
Think about how you listen to your friend. Are you talking all the time while she is talking? Are you planning how you will respond before she finishes her sentence? If so, then that’s not listening, that’s speaking. Giving your friend your full attention is not only courteous but respectful.
God deserves the same respect. For Him to give you knowledge, listening is the first step. But often the world wants to crawl into your quiet place. If that’s you, here are some tips on how to overcome noise in the quiet place.
~ Treasure God’s Knowledge to Access it
“…and treasure my commands.” v.1b
After Mary, the mother of Jesus, received a visit by the Holy Spirit (who told her she was going to give birth miraculously) the Bible says in Luke 2:19, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Mary took all the words from Holy Spirit’s visit and thought about them…a lot! She kept them to herself for a little bit as a great treasure. Then, she put the Good News in her heart where she meditated on it continually.
God’s commands come from His knowledge. You access them through the Bible. The 10 Commandments found in Exodus chapter 20 are an excellent place to start. Ponder, treasure, store up in your heart, and meditate on the commands of God. Before you know it, you’ll have more of God’s knowledge.
~ Tune Your Ears to Access God’s Knowledge
“Tune your ears to wisdom…” v. 2a
Ever tune rabbit ears? “Rabbit ears” is slang from the 1950’s and ‘60’s for the antenna sitting on top of the TV. When you moved the “ears,” you got a better reception. I doubt in Old Testament times they had anything like that, but the word “tune” here means to bend or turn your ears toward the speaker, the one who is imparting wisdom.
If you’ve got your back toward God, you’ll never access his precious words of wisdom. Turn around, bend your ear and tune in to hear.
~ To Access God’s Knowledge, Concentrate
“…concentrate on understanding.” v. 2b
All the while I was earning my social work degree I had to study the textbooks, and my notes, to understand the material. Hearing it once did not automatically mean understanding. I had to concentrate on the information.
The same goes for you when it comes to accessing God’s knowledge. You can’t merely go to church once a week thinking you’ll automatically gain understanding by hearing only. You must take the time to read, take notes, and concentrate on God’s Word to access the insight He offers.
~ Ask while Crying Out to Access God’s Knowledge
“Cry out for insight and ask for understanding.” v. 3
Do you want to know God better? Really? Then the easy answer to your desire is to open your mouth and cry out to Him. Crying out and asking for understanding, done at the same time, gives you access to knowledge you never knew existed. Once you’ve sat quietly before God listening for His voice, you then begin the process of asking for His wisdom. It’s as simple as saying “God, help me! I need your wisdom!” You’re asking for more of Him. He loves that!
~ Search to Access God’s Knowledge
“Search for them as you would for silver…” v. 4a
Come tax time you search high and low for receipts when one is missing or out of place because you want to get the most out of your return. Your quest to access God’s knowledge should look the same. Search for understanding as if you’ve lost it. That’s why Solomon says to search as you would for silver. If eating depended on finding money, you’d search hard until you found it.
Search for wisdom, insight, understanding through Bible reading and prayer as though your life depended on it – because it does. You’ll access God’s knowledge that way.
~ Seek to Access God’s Knowledge
“…seek them like hidden treasures.” v. 4b
Have you ever been treasure hunting as a kid? My life revolved around finding hidden treasure in the woods near my childhood home. There were rumors Native Americans were buried there with unheard of riches. “Mounds” littered the forest, but I didn’t know if they held bodies. Often, I found an arrowhead or some Indian artifact. It was always fun!You should go on a treasure hunt too! Get yourself excited to search out treasure as you open your Bible. Click To Tweet
You should go on a treasure hunt too! Get yourself excited to search out treasure as you open your Bible. Pursue God within the pages of each book, and you’ll access His knowledge. You’ll find remarkable gems, jewels, and nuggets of wisdom, the likes of which you never dreamed.
Access to God’s Knowledge isn’t All About You
God doesn’t ask you to go through all the motions without giving you access to the knowledge you seek. His promises are true. It’s only through His supernatural involvement you receive the gift of wisdom, understanding, and insight.
~ God Grants Access to Wisdom
“For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” v. 6
While you’re bending your ear toward him, tuning in listening for His voice, he speaks words of knowledge and understanding. Now, I’m not saying you’ll hear an audible sound. However, He often talks to your spirit through His word. It is through His Word he speaks most often. But with a closed book, it is tough for Him to give you access to that information.
Just know this, you can’t gain wisdom without God first granting it to you. It is not something you can do on your own. God promises it to those who seek it. I love what James 1:5 promises. It says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
~ God Grants Access to Common Sense
“He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest…” v. 7a
Are you honest? Do you come before God with a sincere, open heart waiting to receive? If you’re not sure, confess your sins before God so you can have a clear conscious. Then you can be sure God will grant you a treasure of common sense.
Why is common sense a treasure? What good does it do for you? Common sense helps you access in-depth knowledge to discern truth between complex passages of scripture seemingly seen as conflicting with each other. It will help you obtain wisdom you’ve never had before.
~ God Shields, Guards, and Protects
“…He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.” v. 7-8
Whenever I spend significant amounts of time reading the Bible, praying over the passages to access knowledge through the Holy Spirit, I find the devil wants to steal the treasure I received. Doubt begins to crowd out what God has shown me.
Well, this passage is a tremendous promise of protection against the power of the enemy; God is shielding, guarding, and protecting you as you walk honestly and faithfully. This part goes back to confessing your sins. It’s such a simple step you can do at any time of the day. Your life of integrity reveals your faithfulness to God. Through your devotion, God promises safety as He grants access to His knowledge.
God’s knowledge is accessible through the working of two parts: your part, and God’s part. The book of Proverbs chapter two makes it simple for us to understand the two elements cooperating with each other to access God’s knowledge. His supernatural involvement works in combination with your free will for your blessing and His glory. God wants you to know Him (Hosea 6:6).
Verses 9-10 sum it up like this:
“Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.