Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Beginning of Wisdom

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

This age is which we live today has rightly been called the "age of information." With multitudes of books and magazines in every field of study and practice, with billions of dollars devoted to all kinds of research, and now even the "information superhighway" of the internet. It seems everyone and every organization is posting information of some sort on its own website and sending information via email. The world is almost drowning in information.

Job 28:12-13 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

Job's urgent question can never be answered "online," but only in an ancient book we call the Bible, which is the Word of God.

Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

This spiritual truth is found often in the Bible. King Solomon, to whom God had granted special wisdom (I Kings 3:11-12), penned divinely inspired words when he wrote the following;

Prov. 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Prov. 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

If anything is missing in today's information age, it is surely the fear of God, at least among most people in the world, even most so-called religious people. The fear of God simply means the action of reverence, honour, and holy-awe directed to the one and only God, the creator of the universe and each one of us individually. Man is made in the image of God, and we should reverence and honour Him in all of our speech and actions. Therefore, true wisdom comes from the fear of God, and as our initial verse indicates above, understanding comes by following and doing the commandments of God found in His Word ("a good understanding have all they that do his commandments").

Allow me to post some verses showing this truth given to us in the New Testament of the Bible;

Col. 2:2-3 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

Herein is true knowledge and understanding and wisdom. It comes from God, not mankind!!!!! Unfortunately, during this "age of information," there is definitely more ignorance of Bible truth and overall biblical illiteracy than any other time in the world!!!!!

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