The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
This is so true! The beginning of wisdom and knowledge is to know the LORD God (Jehovah God of the Bible) and to honor and revere Him as our God and Maker. Indeed, apart from the fear of the LORD, all the knowledge of this world will be of little value and benefit.
Proverbs 9:10 says: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
How can one begin to understand life or the world in which we live without knowing and revering the God of the Bible who created and redeemed us? How can one know how and why he even has life, and how she should live life, without this knowledge of God?
And, “fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Few take the time to consider the wisdom and knowledge revealed by God Himself in the Bible. Most assume they know enough and neglect the true source of wisdom and understanding. Thus, they live their lives in foolish pursuits and end their lives in emptiness and hopelessness.
The wise will seek the knowledge and wisdom which God gives in His Word. “The LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6).
And it is through His Word, the Bible, that He makes us “wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” 2 Timothy 3:15. He reveals to us our sinfulness but also the redemption accomplished for us by the holy life and innocent sufferings and death of God the Son in our stead.
God, grant us the wisdom to know You and honor You as our Creator and our Redeemer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
[Scripture taken from the King James Version of the Bible]