Digging For Gold!
I like to start everyday digging for gold in God’s Word to fill me up with His wisdom, love, grace, and goodness so that I am able to share it with others! I know that if I take on the day without learning and applying what God is teaching me, it doesn’t take long for the ugliest parts of me to surface, and that doesn’t help anyone including myself.
Yesterday in my time with God, I did all of my usual reading, including a chapter from the book of Proverbs (Proverbs is my “go to” book for wisdom)! As I was reading Proverbs 14, I saw comparisons and contrasts with greater clarity. As I looked over the chapter it was full of not only the comparisons and contrasts but the results from each of them as well.
As I got toward the end of the chapter, I noticed that there were two verses that were not either of these things. Out of the 35 verses, it made a brief break from what had been, and switched to talking about the “fear of the Lord”. I wondered why the rhythm of comparisons and contrasts of this chapter had paused, talked about the fear of the Lord, and then resumed its prior rhythm.
I have lots of notes in the margins, phrases underlined, and words highlighted to help me to have quick references from past study, but nothing about this new revelation! So I studied the “fear of the Lord”. There were three verses that kept me digging for gold!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; All those who follow His commandments have a good understanding; His praise endures forever.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
So I began to ask questions!
WISDOM - WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
According to the Holy Bible, wisdom is a principal thing for one to get, and its fundamental principle is to fear (revere, respect) God. It means to be intelligent, skillful, or artful; to be endowed with reasoning and using it; wise from experience of life and skillful with regard to affairs of both human and divine; endued with the ability to judge; strong and steadfast in mind.
King Solomon asked God for an understanding heart to lead his nation and God’s people. Proverbs is the book that he compiled more than 3,000 true sayings intended to give us wisdom and instruction so that we would know how to conduct our lives with righteousness, justice, equity, prudence and knowledge that begins with reverence and loyalty for God. It is acquired by those who seek and ask the Lord for it.
Digging deeper, I wanted to know more!
WISDOM - WHAT IS IT’S SOURCE?