Verse of the Day 10-17-22

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Solomon in the very beginning of his book on wisdom gives us the key to gaining both knowledge and wisdom. And that key is: fear of the Lord. And to understand the key to gaining knowledge and wisdom we first must understand what knowledge and wisdom mean, because knowledge is different from wisdom.

Knowledge is defined in this way: the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience; acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique; the fact or condition of being aware of something; the range of one’s information or understanding; the circumstances or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning (cognition); the fact or condition of having information or of being learned; the sum of what is known; the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind. Whereas wisdom is generally defined in this way: ability to discern inner qualities and relationships (insight); good sense (judgement). As you can see you have to have knowledge to have wisdom, but the two are not the same. It is possible for you to have knowledge but not have wisdom; or in other words, it is possible for you to have read about, heard about and understand something and not apply that knowledge. Because wisdom is takin the knowledge that you have gained and applying it to your life. In other words wisdom is not defined as great intelligence or being full of knowledge. Rather, it is directly related to “the fear of the Lord.”

If wisdom is directly related to “the fear of the Lord”, then what does it mean to “fear the Lord.” When we talk about fear in the sense of “fearing the Lord” we are talking about a reverent awe, or a holy wonder and respect for the Lord. And more specifically it is a holy wonder and respect for God’s power, his majesty, his authority and his holiness. It is our holy wonder and/or respect of all these attributes of God that produces in us a Godly fear of disobeying or ignoring what he has revealed to us in his Word. It is this attitude that is essential to gaining true wisdom that makes a difference in our thoughts and behaviors. And more importantly that will keep us from doing things that will destroy us spiritually. In other words, to truly have biblical wisdom you have to have a deep and personal relationship with God that will cause you to truly know God and in turn gain Godly wisdom for your life.

Today’s Bible Readings:

Jeremiah 30:1-31:26, 1 Timothy 2, Psalm 87:1-7 and Proverbs 25:18-19

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