The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. For by me [Wisdom from God] your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased. ~ Proverbs 9:10-11, AMP
The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline. ~ Proverbs 1:7, AMP
According to the Holman Bible Dictionary, there are three basic definitions of “real” wisdom. Two of these definitions are secular in nature and application, but the third one is clearly spiritual in nature and application. The three basic definitions of “real” wisdom are:
(1) the ability to learn how to live a successful, prosperous life by yielding to the world’s methods or systems—submitting to the world’s rules and principles (secular wisdom); (2) a philosophical study of what it means to exist in a world in which people are being held accountable for their own actions (as exercised by the use of their free will), even though they don’t have any conclusive knowledge about what is right or wrong, or what is good or bad (secular existential wisdom); and (3) wisdom is the spiritual life; it is living a life that involves not only noting and recording something but also surrendering to and obeying authoritative directions so that the proper moral and intellectual judgments can be applied. This spiritual wisdom begins and ends with God, as well as begins and ends with believers’ faith in God’s Son as their Lord and Savior (biblical wisdom).
It should be clear that the third definition of wisdom pertains to the above-cited Proverbs 9:10-11 and Proverbs 1:7 Scriptures. Without doubt, the real essence of wisdom is spiritual, because our lives are meant to be more than lives that only seek to be rewarded in some physical manner, and our lives are meant to be more than lives that only follow (live by) a set of rules or principles. Even though biblical wisdom also emphasizes that our life’s successes and well-being can be achieved in this life, the major emphasis of biblical wisdom is that it (wisdom) must become our guide for daily living, and this objective is accomplished through the exercising of our Christian faith.
The fact of the matter is that ALL wisdom, whether secular or spiritual, starts and ends with God. The secular wisdom about how to be successful in this life by acquiring knowledge, virtue, character, justice, wealth, or even family comes from God. That’s right. The successes obtained in this life in these mentioned areas also are biblical wisdom’s major focal points. However, the missing area, especially where secular wisdom is concerned, is the God kind of faith. The God kind of faith is the greatest focal point of biblical wisdom’s major focal points, because it is by acquiring faith in God and in His Son, Christ Jesus, as our Savior and Lord, that human beings are able to gain a Godly perspective, which only comes from the spiritual insights about living that He gives.
The bottom line is that our Godly perspective is “the fear of the Lord,” which simply put means living our entire lives in love, worship, submission, and obedience to God’s Perfect Will. Therefore, if we have faith in God, our corresponding action must be “the fear of the Lord,” because both wisdom and knowledge begin and end with “the fear of the Lord.” Moreover, it is our faith in God that keeps us believing that He constantly watches over the wisdom He gives us, as well as watches over EVERYTHING that happens in this life (cf. Romans 8:28).
This world is a battleground between wisdom (wise living) and folly (foolish living), as well as a combat zone between righteousness and wickedness, good and evil, or right and wrong. But, God has placed in His creation a wise order, which speaks to mankind about God’s Wisdom—speaks about the Creator and every revelation He gives about His creation. God reveals knowledge and wisdom to us, not only through what some think is our voice of reason, but also He speaks to us through His entire creation. Those of us who fear God know that His creation speaks to us and lets us know that EVERY bit of ALL life has been created by God and belongs to God.
Moreover, we know that His authoritative Word (the Bible) also speaks to us about what is good and evil, urging us to choose to do “good” and to choose to avoid doing evil. The Word of God is the reason why our “fear of the Lord” initiates our faith in God, which in turn sets us on a journey toward obtaining heavenly insights by way of observation and instruction. However, the people who refuse God’s heavenly insights (refuse to hear His creation when it speaks, and refuse to be instructed by Him) will not operate in the kind of faith that will have the appropriate corresponding action. As a consequence, the foolish men and women, those who refuse to observe the voice of God’s creation and who refuse to follow God’s written instructions, will become people who are not loving, worshipping, submitting, nor obeying the God of creation.
Dear Lord, let us NEVER become as fools who despise Your wisdom and instruction. Holy Spirit, help us to maintain our faith in God as our Creator, our Lord, and our Savior so that we will fear God by living our lives entirely dedicated to His Will and His Ways, for we know that “the fear of the Lord” is the beginning and end of wisdom and knowledge. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Taken from Heavenly Insights