The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7
If you walk into any bookstore today, chances are the largest section in the room will be the “self-help” section. We are all looking for wisdom, but where does true wisdom lie? Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said that true wisdom begins and ends with “the fear of the Lord.”
The term “fear” in this verse does not mean that we should be afraid of God. It is an ancient phrase that means that we should desire to have an awe-filled knowledge of God that leads us to humility and worship. So, what Solomon is saying in this verse is that without the fear of the Lord, all the wisdom in this book will be little more than practical self-help.
God wants you to be wise, but His ultimate desire is not that you would learn to make better life decisions, but that you would know Him! Wisdom without a fear of the Lord can only lead us to prideful self-reliance or empty religion.
So where are you today? Do you know God? Do you desire to walk with Him or are you just looking for self-improvement? You were made to be in relationship with God, and I pray more than anything else that this devotional helps you to grow closer to Him.
Father God, thank you for your word. Help me to grow in wisdom, but more importantly, help me to grow in my relationship with you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Cameron Ford