In Proverbs 1:7 we find a verse that can be hard to understand. It says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge
fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
What does it mean to fear the Lord? It means to live with a respect, to have reverence, honor, and a holy awe for the one true living God. This is the beginning place and the foundation for wisdom – the skill to make right choices in life that will produce the best results.
I remember growing up I thought my dad could do anything. I remember asking my dad if he could pop a wheelie by pulling up on the steering wheel of our chevy station wagon. I thought he was that strong. When he spoke I listened. When he praised me I glowed. I honored him, respected him, and even feared him. I didn’t want cross him, anger him, or disappoint him. Today, I know he’s not a superhero, but I still have a reverence for him. When he speaks I listen.
It reminds me of the old EF Hutton commercial. “When EF Hutton talks people listen.” People had a respect for the wisdom of EF Hutton. When Ben Bernanke speaks, the head of the Federal Reserve, people listen. How much more should we reverence, honor, and respect God.
To grow in wisdom there must be a healthy respect, reverence, and awe for the giver of all wisdom. When he speaks we should listen.