Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The book of Proverbs is full and teaches about insight into life and how to have wisdom. Verse 7 tells us how to begin our quest for knowledge in the fear of the Lord. The second half of the verse sharply contrasts that someone who hates wisdom and learning is a fool.
My starting point to gain wisdom and knowledge is to have a reverence of God and submit to Him. I must recognize that God and His word is the source of all wisdom and true knowledge. To listen and follow the Lord, receiving His instruction, from His word, is how I will grow and gain insight into matters of justice, righteousness as God tells us throughout the book of Proverbs . Today, in our culture, many people are fearful of all kinds of things but they haven’t turned to the Lord in Holy awe and respect of Him. Someone can possess academic knowledge but if is not from the Lord it is lacking in wisdom. I choose to fear the Lord and follow his ways not walking blind and wild thusly being deceived and foolish.
Thank you for grace in allowing me to submit and humbly follow you and gain wisdom and knowledge from your word. Let the power of the Spirit guide me to receive instruction and knowledge to point others to you and glorify your name.