The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7, RSV 

 

Proverbs is a magnificent book! It begins by revealing that those who read it can have wisdom, prudence and discretion. But it goes further than that, for it also reveals that these things are available only to those who seek these virtues in the same way they would seek hidden treasures. 

 

Within the pages of Proverbs, the Holy Spirit inspires Solomon to reveal the path to justice and equity and integrity. Proverbs reveals the key to a long and abundant life. It warns of the penalties of shortcuts, and of hanging around evil men and evil women. Its pages also reveal the absolute requirement of discipline and self-restraint.

 

In short, God reveals through the wisest man in the world the only way to live in order to be pleasing to Him.

 

And it all begins with the fear of God.

 

Many do not like that phrase. They think that it will hamper their relationship with their loving Father - after all, how can you really be close to anyone you fear? But fear, the pages of the Inspired Word reveals, involves a deep respect for God. It requires a genuine understanding of His holy nature, and how that without holiness no one will see the LORD. Fear of God does involve a certain amount of being afraid - how else could you respect His discipline - but more than anything else, the fear of the LORD involves love... a love that involves all of your heart and soul and mind and strength.

 

Do you have all of these elements that make up a proper fear of God? If so, then you are ready for knowledge. If you haven't read Proverbs before, or if you have not read it with a proper fear of God, then you are now about to come in contact with some of the greatest treasures known to mankind.

 

Not bad for the investment of about a half an hour of daily reading - wouldn't you agree?

 

Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.

Happy is the man who listens to me... for he who finds me, finds life

and obtains favor from the LORD.

Proverbs 8:33-35, RSV

 

Today is the 25th day of the 30 day challenge to read through the Old Testament books of wisdom, with Proverbs 1-8 being the reading for today. May God richly bless your efforts as you seek the knowledge and wisdom that are available to all who would fear and seek Him!