Wisdom

fear of the lord

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.  Proverbs 9:10

” Fearing ” the Lord in the biblical sense of the word is not being afraid of Him, nor is it being afraid that the Lord is going to destroy you because of your sinful nature.

Believers are not to be scared of the Lord. We have no reason to be scared of Him. We have His promise that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Fearing the Lord means having such a reverence for Him that it has a great impact on the way we live our lives. The fear of the Lord is respecting Him, obeying Him, submitting to His discipline, and worshiping Him in awe.

PROVERBS 8:13 ” The Fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Pride and arrogance and the evil way. And the perverted mouth, I hate.

As we fear the Lord and honor Him desiring to do His will, the Lord will then give us His wisdom, and insight so that we can discern right from wrong, and have good success in all that we do.

A biblical fear of the Lord, for the believer, includes understanding how much God hates sin and fearing His judgment.  Even in the life of a believer.Hebrews 12:5-11 describes the Lord’s discipline/chastisement of the believer. While it is done in love (Hebrews 12:6), it is still a fearful thing. As children, the fear of discipline from our parents no doubt prevented some wrong choices. The same should be true in our relationship with the Lord. We should fear His discipline, and therefore seek to live our lives in such a way that pleases Him.

Dear Lord, may we know your wisdom, the true wisdom, the spiritual wisdom that you give to those who come into a right relationship to you through Jesus Christ who reverentially fear you. Who worship you as an awesome God and who are committed to obey.

 

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5 15-16

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.  Psalm 37:30

Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.  Proverbs 3:7

 

 

Beginning Of Wisdom

1uv9f1487728352

“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; 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! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 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. 

She Opens Her Mouth With Wisdom

w3ubh1487384642

“She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26

I love this verse. It’s such a great reminder to us that we need to think before we speak and watch what we say! The words we say and how we say them can have a lasting impact on those we love, for either good or bad.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.  Phil. 2:14-15

Harsh words, critical tone, impatience, sarcasm, gossip, complaining, grumbling, yelling… there are so many ways we can hurt others with our words.

The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom ….. Prov. 10:32a

The proverbs women is our Godly example, she is wise and loving in the way that she speaks and thinks carefully before she offers someone advice, making sure that it is words of the Lord and not just her opinion. I believe she is also careful when she speaks and uses her wisdom to discern whether or not the person to whom she is speaking has an open mind and heart to receive.

On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found….. Prov. 10:13a

What a woman says, reveals much about her character.  The Excellent Woman fears the Lord, is righteous, discerning, and humble.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Eph. 4:29

“Please help me to put on Christ, dear Lord, in my day to day moments even when I think no one is watching. Help me not to fear but to smile at the future. Give me wisdom and discernment so that when I speak words they are shared with love, humility, and kindness. Help me Lord so that all that I say and do is glorifying to you.  Help us, Lord, to grow in the Grace and Knowledge of you.   Amen.”