When Solomon wrote the Proverbs, he knew that the priority for any and everybody should be to “FEAR THE LORD!” Without the proper reverence for God and who he is, abundance of knowledge is useless and mundane. Prior to Google, to accumulate knowledge of the world was a lifetime pursuit filled with trials and sleepless nights. Those people who spent their lives in pursuit of God, knowledge and wisdom were unique, sought after and honored. The reason was not so much that they had the answers, it was really because they knew God!
In the information age, we can literally answer any question that we can imagine by keying it in to our phone. It is so prevalent, that we have lost respect for knowledge and certainly have lost our reverence for God and those that seek him. Still, there are those that learned and remember the timeless truth—Reverence of God leads to amazing knowledge and wisdom. The reward to those that seek God and his wisdom is invaluable—
- Wisdom and instruction—How to do life
- Instruction in prudent behavior—How to act appropriately
- Giving prudence to the simple—Helping to exceed their natural oblivious and self-absorbed ignorance
- Knowledge and discretion to the young—Making one wise beyond their years
- Additional learning and understanding for the wise—The ultimate truth that one never quits learning
This is the reward for a healthy reverence for God and a lifetime pursuit of knowing Him and His word. Those who have followed this course have left a legacy in the lives of others that is unmatched; those whom have chosen to ignore it have at best been insignificant and at worst down right destructive. God tells us—The choice is ours. Help me Lord to never stop seeking you and all you can show me!!!
God Bless You
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— 6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.