The readings today are Proverbs 2 and Hebrews 5:11 – 6:12. I am going to focus on Proverbs and leave you with a very serious warning from Hebrews.
One of those fascinating phrases that occur throughout the Scriptures, launches the Book of Proverbs – “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge”(1:7). That does not mean that we need to be scared of God. Adam and Eve were scared of God, after the first sin. They ran away and tried to hide, which of course, wasn’t very smart – first of all, they could not hide from God and neither can we. Secondly, they should have been running TO God and not away from Him. If they did that they could have found relief from their guilt.
The “fear of the LORD” isn’t being scared at all. What it means here, and in most of the Old Testament texts, is simply to have respect for God; to be fully aware and in awe of the fact that He is living and present.
This, the fact that we take God’s existence and His presence into account when thinking about any issue or making any decision, is “fear of the LORD” (2:5). This taking of God’s existence and presence into account, is the beginning of knowledge. If we take God into account, we look to Him for guidance and we find it, for “the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding” (2:6).
What a blessing to be among those who fear God and look to Him for wisdom.
But, it is a challenge to realise that we are responsible to live wisely. We are called not simply to know the will of God, but to let wisdom ” enter your heart” (2:10) so that we will “walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous” (2:20).
God’s wisdom is displayed in the way we live, not in what we say.
Charles Spurgeon wrote, “wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great as the knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”
Now the warning….to be very wise, you will be with God at the end, i.e. when you leave this life OR if Jesus returns before that happens. In other words, if you are wise, you will not fall away from your relationship with Christ, by turning your back on Him. Hebrews 6:6 says, “….if they fall away…”. Be wise and don’t live in such a way that might happen.
Have a great day,