Proverbs Study Day 4
We’ve been going over the past few days how it should be desirable to have wisdom in our lives. The various reasons include being able to understand wisdom better, to be an example, and to grow personally. Solomon gives us another reason in the next verse.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (NIV)
This should be the real reason we obtain wisdom. Because we should fear the Lord. Now, wait. Don’t get all worked up over this. The word fear is one of those I think that we should visit a little more and bring out Webster.
We all know that one of the meanings of fear is to be scared or frightened. This is the very first thing we think of when we hear this word. But this is one of the reasons the English language can be so hard to grasp. This word has another meaning that is not quite the same.
In this verse Solomon is saying that we are to be extremely reverent (worshipful, honoring, respectful) of God. This means acknowledging His position, status, power, and place in your life. Knowing that He has the power to create the heavens and the earth without so much as a thought, that He can defeat ANY power out there, that He is the beginning and the end. Only when we can accept that in our lives can we truly begin the path to wisdom.
The initial acceptance is not enough. We are called to learn more and more of His awesome power and to lean on Him more and ourselves less. Wisdom comes from that and that alone.
Do you fear the Lord? Do you worship Him? Do you give Him the respect He deserves and demands of us? If not, take some time now and think about His place in your life. He wants to be involved. Let Him in.