“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding.” (Psalm 111:10)
“The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28)
“A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil.” (Proverbs 14:16)
“The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom.” (Proverbs 15:33)
Once we realize that we need to fear the Lord, we need to seek the path of wisdom. Seeking wisdom helps us understand what it means to fear God.
“My son, if you accept my [wisdom’s] words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:1-5)
Until our hearts are right with God, we are unable to have the “wisdom that comes from heaven” James 3:17. Without the fear of the Lord, we may gain knowledge of earthly things and make some practical choices for this life, but we are missing the one ingredient that defines a wise person Psalm 14:1, Exodus 20:3, 34:14, Jeremiah 25:6, Matthew 22:37.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. Psalm 14:1
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37
Without the fear of the Lord, we make decisions based on our human understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). When we include the fear of the Lord into every moment of our lives, we make decisions based upon His approval. We live with the knowledge that the Creator of the universe is intimately involved in our every move. He sees, knows, and evaluates all our choices, and we will, ultimately, answer to Him (Psalm 139:1-4).
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct[a] your paths. Proverbs 3 5-6
O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. Psalm 139 1-4
The understanding that our God of love is also a God of wrath inspires enough fear to help us stay away from evil (Romans 1:18, Proverbs 8:13).
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Proverbs 8:13
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, Romans 1:18
God, lead me on the path to wisdom. Teach me to fear You. Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, I praise You for Your unfailing wisdom that is abundantly evident in all that You do. You are the source of all wisdom. Whereas You are abounding in wisdom, I am lacking. Please help me to grow in wisdom as I increase in my knowledge and fear of You. By Your Spirit, please increase my depth of insight as I study Your Word. Hold me back from leaning on my own understanding, and make me willing to be counted foolish by the world, for then I will have begun to display godly wisdom. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.