The way of wisdom

Wisdom is only available when God is honored. “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6).

This God-centerd focus is what distinguishes Biblical proverbs from other ancient proverbs. In Proverbs 3, the father used five verbs to describe life with God.

1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart (v.5)
2. Acknowledge Him in all your ways (v.6)
3. Fear the Lord (i.e. don’t be wise in your own eyes) (v.7)
4. Honor the Lord with your wealth (v.9)
5. Do not despise the Lord’s discipline (v.11). 
Here we have five action points for walking with God. They describe a relationship — not a religion. Here are five essentials to a life of wisdom — because the fear of the Lord is the ongoing prerequisite to such a life.
  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10).

A person who fears the Lord accepts wisdom and instruction; takes advice; trusts in the Lord with all his heart; and acknowledges the Lord in all his dealings. This person does not see himself and his own opinion as basis for what he believes and does. He recognizes his own inadequacies and God’s superiority. Therefore he is teachable and accepts counsel.

Fools, by contrast, despise wisdom and instruction and scoff at rebuke. The fool’s way seems right to him; he is wise in his own eyes. The fool does not fear the Lord and only accepts advice and counsel if it agrees with what he already concludes— he thinks he knows better.

The fear of the Lord as the beginning of wisdom does not mean it’s the first step and after taken, you move on to other matters. It is the beginning in that it is the primary and controlling factor in the pursuit of wisdom. To profit from proverbs and gain wisdom you must start with an attitude that recognizes God’s superiority, especially over your own opinions.

Steve Cornell

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Just another worker in God's field.
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2 Responses to The way of wisdom

  1. Steve,

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  2. Harbans says:

    One thing that stuns me the most is phrase: ‘fear the Lord’ why should we fear Him? We’ve to love him since He loves us immensely. Thanks sharing wonderful messages. :))

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