April 18, 2017
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom..." - Ps. 111:10
"...wisdom begins with a humble acknowledgment
of the reality of God"
The kind of "fear" we are talking about in our verse today is a reverence and awe of God...it means yielding our way and honoring God's way. I love that when Solomon was made king, God told him to ask for whatever he wanted. When he asked for a wise and discerning heart, this pleased God. When we understand who God is and who we are, that is where our wisdom begins...and it pleases God.
Jennifer Rothschild says "...wisdom has nothing to do with what we know or don't know and everything to do with Who we do know!" Do you surround yourself with "wise" people? It is a choice we get to make. Proverbs 13:20 says: "...walk with the wise and become wise...".
James 1:5 tells us the solution to being wise is to simply ask God "...who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to you." I hope you are praying for our leaders in Washington that they would seek wisdom from God, the only source of true wisdom. After the MOAB was dropped on Syria by the US, our president said: "We must all seek wisdom from God". No matter what you think of him or his actions, his words here indicate he believes wisdom is from God. Be praying for salvation of our leaders that they would all do the same.
We must teach our children not to be competent in themselves, but for God's wisdom to make them competent. Truly, that is our hope for today and every day in the future. Have you spent time in God's word today to know what His instructions are?
For further study:
Job 1:8, Psalm 34:9-11, Proverbs 2:1-15, Proverbs 31:30, Ecc. 2:26, Jeremiah 8:9, 1 Cor. 1:18-25, Colossians 2:2-4, 2 Tim. 3:14-17, James 3:17.
Be blessed in your understanding of God's word.