Thursday, October 06, 2011

A Thought

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

To acquire knowledge of the Holy One is to actively engage in the study of Scripture – there is no other way. Once this knowledge is acquired, we begin to understand the Lord and who He is. We learn human history through the eyes of the Lord, and we learn of human folly through the demands of humanity – all from Scripture. Once we make this distinction between our foolishness and His purposes and understand more about the Lord and how He has, throughout human history, repeatedly saved humanity from itself, then we can begin to acquire an intense respect (“fear”) of the Lord and His purposes. Once we begin to understand this divine purpose and finally figure out that it is not always about “me”, we can finally say we are only then at the threshold (“the beginning”) of wisdom.

Do you love your spouse? Do you attend to your spouse, to the exclusion of others, when he or she beckons? Then you can say you have love for your spouse. The same goes for children, friends, and other acquaintances. So why can we not offer to the Lord that same level of attention? I think if we were to begin rearranging our priorities and make more time for the study of Scripture (it will not just happen), we will find what we have spent a lifetime in search of.

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