Words from the Heart for Tuesday August 22nd, 2017
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV)
The Beginning of Knowledge
We continue our discovery of the excellent life-foundation that the fear of the Lord provides. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And, the fear of the Lord is also the beginning of knowledge. We are cautioned in this verse that wisdom and instruction are not to be despised or ignored. Let’s choose our crowd! Step out of the way of those the Scriptures call “fools.” We can be those instead who seek after wisdom and instruction.
Brandspark is a Canadian company that collects the opinions of Canadians regarding their shopping habits and products we like or dislike. They recently released an interesting report on how Canadians prepare for shopping. The study asked 60,000 Canadians about where they gained the information they needed to make wise decisions about getting the best deals. 87% of Canadians said they feel good when they get a great deal – the best shopping experience includes an emotional response, even when shopping for groceries. 85% of Canadians said they try to buy products that are on sale. 80% of Canadians said they check out flyers, promotions and discounts before beginning their shopping trip. Apparently, the beginning of knowledge when it comes to getting a great deal when shopping is from the grocery store flyer.
Common sense is not so common, Voltaire once said. If that was the case in his day, so it is in ours. Common sense has nothing to do with information and knowledge, apparently. We live in a day of information and knowledge is available everywhere. But without common sense, knowledge is of little use. The Bible speaks of this in Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. We can have the knowledge in the world, but if we don’t have the wisdom that only the Lord can provide, the knowledge is of no use at all. It is when we recognize that there is a God who created us and who has revealed Himself to His world through His son, the Lord Jesus that the knowledge we gain can be put into perspective and becomes useful. Solomon has noticed that those who refuse to acknowledge the reality of God despise the wisdom and instruction that He gives us in His Word, the Bible. Any journey towards true living begins with the recognition of the existence of God. But that is only the beginning. When we recognize His existence, then we begin the search to know Him, a search that ends with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through faith. The wisdom and instruction that the Lord gives will give your life meaning and purpose.
These have been words from the heart.