"To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction."
Proverbs 1: 2-7
As we begin our journey together over these next 31 days we must begin by setting our foundation. Where in the world does wisdom really come from? What's the most true source of wisdom, and how do we get it? In the first chapter of the book of James we are told that anyone who lacks wisdom should first ask God because He gives to everyone who asks. Stop. Did you catch that? We should first ask God for wisdom. It has become all too easy to seek wisdom from other things before we turn to Him for it. We can run to our friends on Facebook, listen to our favorite podcast, or even sit back and watch a relevant episode of Oprah. Not that any of these things are bad, in and of themselves, but when they become the main source of our wisdom we start treading in murky waters. God doesn't want to be your second source of wisdom, He wants to be your main source. When we need wisdom we should turn to prayer and to His Word. This is why the next 31 days of wisdom are all based on scripture; not our opinion, but God's. So let's jump in.
Where do we begin? We begin where scripture says knowledge begins.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…”
Isn't it great when scripture leaves out all the fluff, and just tells you how it is? Where do wisdom and knowledge begin? With the fear of the Lord.
The word used for ‘fear’ in the original language, in verse 7, is not trying to paint a picture of someone frantically looking over their shoulder to see if some distant god is about to lay the cosmic smackdown on them for messing up.
‘Fear’, in this context, implies a sense of 'awe' and 'reverence'.
Think back to when you were a kid, and you saw your father, mother, or an authority figure demonstrate a feat of strength or some kind of out-of-this-world athleticism that left you completely in awe. Perhaps you've stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon or the top of a huge mountain, and it left you with a deer-in-the-headlights kind of gaze. That kind of reverence, wonder, and awe you felt in those moments is the Proverbs 1:7 kind of fear.
When we realize how great, mighty, wonderful, and powerful the Lord is, we remember how small and frail we are. When we remember this, we begin to have a fresh sense of wonder and awe for the Lord, and when we are in awe of Him, we are in the perfect position to receive wisdom from Him.
If we do not begin our journey for wisdom in awe of the Lord we are starting with a faulty foundation. So the question is this: How's your "awe"?
Write down 3 things you saw the Lord do in 2016 that bring you to a place of reverent awe. After you’ve finished, spend a few minutes in prayer, thanking Him again for what He has done, and ask Him to guide your mind and heart in the days to come. Ask that He would speak something fresh to your heart and to your marriage.
Now the stage has been set for you to begin the journey of getting wisdom from heaven for yourself and for your marriage! See you tomorrow for Day 2.
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