Timeless truths from Proverbs 1:2-7.
How does a person develop wisdom, discernment, and understanding? Where do these qualities originate? You don’t gain them in school because they can’t be taught from a textbook. You aren’t born with them! So, how do you develop them? They are born in a heart that bows in humility before a holy God. Only then can one come to know God personally.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” A person can be very smart and at the same time very foolish. The fear referred to by Solomon is not a cowardice fear that runs. It is not the spirit of dread. It is a fear that is rooted in humility as one bows in the presence of a holy God. This healthy fear sees the sinfulness of sin and the holiness of God. A person who has a genuine reverence for Christ will be on the pathway of knowledge. God will show that person insights that human knowledge cannot touch.
Why does having a reverence for God usher in wisdom? Because one honors God’s thoughts and ways more than any others, including one’s own. This reverence will often keep the heart in check when the love for God won’t. Humble reverence, fear opens the mind to the truth. In the absence of this fear, we tend to compromise and justify our sinfulness. The fear of God puts us on the path to security, peace, wisdom, and discernment.
“To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:2-7 NASB