“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom, and instruction.”
To fear is to reverence, and respect God, to honor him, and the principles of his holy WORD.
The bible states that reverence to GOD, and respecting his authority in our lives, is the START of heavenly wisdom. This wisdom is mentioned in James 3: 13-18 and is unlike the wisdom of this world.
There are two types of wisdom in this world; earthly wisdom that is operated by pride, and heavenly wisdom that is gained through honest living.
Earthly wisdom is gained by experience, knowledge or education. This wisdom according to James is bitter envy, and is full of selfish ambition. Such wisdom does not come from heaven, but is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3: 13-16
The second type is the wisdom of heaven, that is operated by Humility, and is gained through honest living. This type of wisdom is illustrated in the lives of those who live according to the precepts of God’s Holy Word; by living a good lives, acceptable, and pleasing to GOD. Romans 12:1-2
Wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
Let us go a little bit deeper
To embrace heavenly wisdom, we must FIRST reject earthly wisdom, which is foolishness in God’s sight. By rejecting one, we embrace the other. We must make a decision, then turn! As if making a U-turn on a road, from that, which is bad, to that which is good.
Not wisdom of common sense, or present reality, but insight, and understanding, that comes from above; foolish to men, but delight to them who receive it, and accept it in their lives.
We must STOP, and turn, in our sinful behavior, and hand over our mess to God. We cannot do this on our own! We must invite the Holy Spirit to do a work in us, by transforming our mind, and renewing our spirit. We give God the authority to completely change our mind, realign our thoughts, and order our emotions, and feelings to fit his. NOT LEANING on our own understanding, and feeling, but seek his will, and purpose for our lives.
The fear of God is the START or beginning of heavenly wisdom. To reject God’s wisdom is to REJECT spiritual knowledge, and heavenly understanding, and to embrace the world’s type of wisdom , which is foolishness, destruction and death. When we reverence God, and his HOLY scriptures, we grow in knowledge, and understanding of God, the creator of heaven, and earth. We are no longer seeking the wisdom of this world, but gravitate towards everything that is pleasing to God, and his precepts, in all the details of our lives, and desire to get closer to him.
When we love our family, we do everything to please them. We put them ahead of everything, and everyone. When we reverence GOD, we seek to please him, and his principles, putting him AHEAD of everything, and everyone. Let us draw knowledge, and understanding from above, so that we can grow in our insight, and perfect ourselves, in the knowledge of GOD.
Heavenly Father, I desire to seek your wisdom, and draw your knowledge, from your holy WORD. I desire to gain understanding, and insight that is not of this world. I turn from my wicked ways, of pleasing my flesh, and I surrender to you, the ALMIGHTY GOD, to direct my ways, and renew my thoughts. I give my all to you, I surrender my ways, Be the LORD of my life, and guide me into all TRUTH, amen!
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