August 22, 2015

Beginning of Wisdom  

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 22, 2015

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord is fundamental to finding wisdom. Without awe of the Almighty, there is no access to His insight. Where reverence for His holiness is void, there is lack of understanding in the ways of God. The first step in acquiring wisdom from almighty God is to fear Him. There is a worship of the Lord’s majesty and a dread of His judgment.

His Holy Word—the Bible—is taken to heart as truth for the purpose of life transformation. At first, fear of the Lord may be so overwhelming that it casts out love and distracts our desire for intimacy. Anyone who has been broken understands this process. However, once a healthy fear of the Lord has been embraced, the result is peace and knowledge in submission to and love for the Holy One.

“He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure” (Isaiah 33:6).

Moreover, we mock God when we move away from the language of fear; He is not one to be mocked. So as devoted followers of Christ, we sow the seeds of respect, reverence, and fear of the Lord. This discipline of faith results in a harvest of holiness, happiness, and wisdom. Fear of Him leads to knowledge of Him. Therefore, bowing before Him on your knees in prayer, seek His face for forgiveness and relational restoration.

Celebrate together with Christ our conquest over sin, sorrow, and death. What is counterintuitive on earth is intuitive in heaven. Listen to David admonish his son Solomon, who became the wisest man in the world: “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever” (1 Chronicles 28:9 NASB).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, my heart’s desire is to walk in wisdom and the fear of the Lord.

Application: What area of my life lacks fear of the Lord, and how can I expose it to accountability?

Related Readings: Job 28:28; Psalm 111:10; Matthew 11:27; 1 John 5:20

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  1. Stacey says:

    I want to thank you sooo much for your daily devotionals. I’ve had a few difficult times in my life this past year and I’ve felt God speak to me through your devotionals quite a few times. You have been a blessing to me.
    Thanks again!

  2. Gwynne says:

    Dear Stacey,
    We are so thankful that you were blessed by the Wisdom Hunter’s devotionals. It is always amazing to me when God speaks to those that need to hear Him through other people, devotionals, circumstances, and His Word at His Perfect Time. What a gift!
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    “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

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