Saturday, March 8, 2014

True Wisdom is the Fear of the Lord

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

There's only one place for true wisdom and knowledge. Our God is Creator; He wrote the Bible which in its entirety offers us true wisdom and knowledge. He asks us to seek, take in and treasure His Word for both of these.

The Proverbs are chock full of statements regarding wisdom and understanding. I scanned them wanting to post a few but a few became too many. I began in the first chapter but knew it would be impossible to pick just a handful. That just goes to show that there is a purpose for all God has to tell us.

I think this proverb, and I'm sure others, sum up the intent of wisdom and knowledge:

My son, if you receive my words, 
And treasure my commands within you, 
So that you incline your ear to wisdom, 
And apply your heart to understanding; 
Yes, if you cry out for discernment, 
And lift up your voice for understanding, 
If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; 
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, 
And find the knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:1-5)

In fact, all of Proverbs 2 sums up God's desires and intents for our understanding. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; (Proverbs 2:6)

This wisdom acts as a shield; it guards and preserves those who heed it. When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, (Proverbs 2:10) then we are preserved and kept from evil in any form.

This doesn't mean we won't be faced with trouble or death but we will have a hope that God will be there in and through it. With God's wisdom and knowledge we can know we are forever preserved. This Word, these proverbs, tell us we need God (Jesus). If we seek Jesus...and He is the Word,  having all the answers...we have that hope of eternal life, even when evil overtakes and destroys physically.
[But] do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28) In other words, without the Lord we can be destroyed and cast into hell.

This whole life of ours should be based on God, what He has done for us, gives us, offers us. He created us that we might see and seek Him. Some will see and know Him early in life, others later; some, sadly, on their death bed...and even there some can refuse His offer of eternal life. Not everyone goes to heaven despite the very popular notion.

We must seek wisdom and knowledge for eternal life in God/Christ Jesus. Not just head knowledge either, but heart, living out the words of wisdom, not that we'll always do right. ...let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. (Proverbs 3:1-2) Long life, eternal life, peace through Christ.

With true wisdom we set the foundation of our lives. With God's wisdom only that foundation is sure. Lord, open the eyes of understanding! 

I think this proverb is what got me started: In the end...The blessing of the LORD makes one rich...and He adds no sorrow with it. (Proverbs 10:22) Only God's blessings upon us make us rich. And they are not always what we desire. Spiritual blessings are attainable with His wisdom and knowledge. It's all about Him, always and forever.

Maybe I'll share more on these proverbs. They are quite valuable.

Proverbs 3:13-14 - Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. 

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