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UNDERSTANDING THE FEAR OF GOD

Date: July 22

Category: Wisdom and Understanding

Proverbs 2:3-6
"Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the reverent and worship fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of [our omniscient] God. For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThe key element of gaining wisdom is to have the fear of God in our hearts. In Proverbs 1:7 we read, "The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principle and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline." So the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. If the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, then this passage in Proverbs 2:3-6 teach us what it means to have the fear of God in our hearts.

It says in verse 3, "Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding." We can't receive wisdom if we don't first ask for it. This verse says that we should cry out and raise our voices for insight and understanding. Actually James said something similar in James 1:5, "If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him." So if we want wisdom, we have to open our mouths and ask God for it.

But once we've cried out for insight and once we've raised our voices for understanding, there is something else we have to do as well. Verse 4 of this psalm says, "If you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures." We have to seek after wisdom. To seek after something means to search for it so diligently that you actually exert energy. It's like seeking for gold, silver, and other hidden treasures. Except here the Bible says that we are to seek after wisdom in the same way. But where do we look if we're looking for wisdom?

We look through the Word of God! The Word of God is truth and light. Reading it will give us greater wisdom than any other form of literature in the world. After we read it, then we have to base our life decisions around what the Word says. When we walk in accordance to the Word, then we will understand the fear of God. Verse 5 says, "Then you will understand the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of [our omniscient] God." So along with crying out to God for wisdom, we have to seek after it. We seek for wisdom by reading the Word of God. But not only do we have to read the Word, we also have to obey the Word. When we do all that, that is when we will truly understand what it means to have the reverent fear of God.

Then we read in verse 6, "For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding." So God is the only One who gives wisdom. He's the only One who gives us knowledge and understanding. It says here that those things all come from His mouth, meaning from His Word – everything that God has said in the Bible speaks to us. That's why having the Word of God in our hearts is so important. The Word of God is the key to gaining knowledge and understanding. But not only that, having the Word of God in our hearts is also the key to fearing God, which is needed in order for us to gain wisdom.

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. So today, let's ask ourselves if we truly fear God. Let's make sure our hearts are in line with the Word of God, meaning we have cried out for insight and understanding, and we've sought after wisdom by reading and obeying the Word of God. When we do that, when we cry out for wisdom and then seek after it with diligence, then we will understand what it means to fear God. When we have the fear of God, then we will have wisdom.

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