My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you,”
Proverbs 2:1 NKJV
“If” and “then” scriptures are helpful in that they lead us to our need for experiencing the grace found in Jesus. He alone has met the Father’s standards to fulfill all qualifications of the “ifs”. So don’t fall into the trap of God’s not happy with me because I haven’t been 100 percent on completing the “if” requirements.
With this safeguard as our backdrop, we can still appreciate the richness of pursuing the good. In this verse let’s look at the two verbs “receive” and “treasure”. Receive means to take, get, or grab. But it is also connected with the idea of marriage. In the wedding ceremony, we use the phrase “Do you take this woman…”. Think of that imagery of embracing and cherishing when you hold, hear, and read God’s word.
Next is the word treasure which we think of hiding in a special place. The word also includes “covering over” as if to put the dirt over the object. So, to treasure would mean that you take some extra steps to hide the word. Possibly, make notes about what you read, memorize it, share the ideas with someone wise, or try to integrate the promise into your life. Ask God to help seal His words for you.
You are blessed to be a blessing.