10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
Beginning of Wisdom
Can it be so simple? The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. What does this say, then, about those who do not even believe in God? The inference is that those who do not believe in God are not only not wise, but they are leading the lives of the fool!
When all of the fancy wrappings are removed and we are left with just the bare-bones of truth, we understand that, because God is the Creator, nothing can be understood apart from God. He, alone, has an intimate knowledge of all things.
In this day of scientific reasoning, that is not a popular view. We tend to equate wisdom with knowledge; a person who has tons of degrees, has tons of wisdom. But, according to God's Word, that is not so. Apart from an understanding of who God is, and apart from a reverent fear of His awesome name, there is no wisdom.
Consequently we live in a world of educated fools! Now, that is really not a popular sentiment, is it? As Christians, however, we must turn to God's Word for understanding. As Psalm 111 reminds us, the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and then it continues, a good understanding have all they that do His commandments.
So, there is more to it. Not only must we fear God, but by His grace and help, we must do His commandments. That is a complex statement. At first, as we walk our way through the Ten Commandments, it seems as though it is pretty easy to be obedient to the Lord. However, when we begin to contemplate the depth of those commandments, we begin to realize that we break all of them every day!
What are we to do? We are to fear God, and while doing so, cry out to Him to give us the desire and the strength to live in obedience to His Word. As we think about this, we understand more clearly how the fear of the Lord is actually the beginning of wisdom.
In a world where morality is considered optional, we see that the very foundation of our existence is crumbling. The world is ripe for the judgment of God, for there are consequences attached to the lifestyles being lived in open rebellion toward God's Word and commandments.
Let us, this day, fall before our dear Lord and Savior, asking for strength and help to turn away from the loose standards of our culture and live in a manner pleasing to God. That is the beginning of wisdom!
God Bless You,