Becoming Wise

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  Proverbs 1:7

The verse centers on how we receive the instruction of the Lord in our lives.

1.  A wise man who fears God will “listen and hear” what counsel God would share with him.  This is the beginning of wisdom, for who can become wise without receiving wisdom?  And why would we receive?  Because we know that our lives are limited and useless apart from the works and words of God.  We fear being at odds with God because we understand the consequences.  And that is the foundation for being wise.

2.  A fool, on the other hand, despises wisdom.  He hates to be instructed in anything, for he either believes he already knows what he needs to know, or else he is simply too lazy to receive it.  Of course, one of the main emphases of this passage is the fact that the fool does not fear God.  He has no respect for Him, and he who scorns God will also scorn God’s word.

It is easy to spot a fool according to this passage.  It is equally easy for us to see our own foolishness at times.  God help us to walk as wise men and not as fools.

Because of Him,


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