Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How Wisdom Works

The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom . . . —Psalm 111:10

Proverbs 2:1-5 gives us great insight into the way wisdom works and into the value of making the effort to seek wisdom in life.

My Son…if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of [our omniscient] God.

This passage encourages us to seek wisdom as diligently as we pursue other things in life and to understand that the reverential fear of the Lord is essential to a living a wise life.

This kind of awe toward God is the first step toward wisdom; without it, we will never be wise. When I use the words reverential fear, I do not mean we should be afraid of God, but I do mean we should have great respect for Him and treat Him with honor. The reverential fear and awe of God means that we know God is mighty and that He means what He says, that He can do anything He wants to, anytime He wants to, to anybody He wants to, and no one on earth can stop Him.

If we are going to relate to God in reverential fear, as the Bible instructs, we will understand that we need to love, honor and obey Him. We will be blessed with wisdom if we do. 

Love God Today: “Lord, give me the kind of reverential fear of You that is the beginning of wisdom.”

From the book Love Out Loud by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2011 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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