Submitted Date 07/04/2019

This proverb is fairly straightforward but its truth is too seldom realized. Understanding it requires understanding three basic terms.

"The fear of the Lord," is generally recognized not to be fear as most often thought of - being afraid of or fearful of the object described. It is understood to be, rather, the awe and respect of its object. To have a healthy fear of a parent, for instance, generally results in freedom from adverse consequences. To have fear of the Lord, then, is to have an appropriate respect for and awe of Him, of His power and might.

The other two key terms are knowledge and wisdom. Many times these terms are used interchangeably but they are actually quite distinct. Knowledge is simply the awareness of facts. For instance, a military general needs to have knowledge of where the enemy is and hopefully what their intentions are.

Wisdom is the appropriate use of that knowledge. A wise general will take the information on the enemy's position and plans and take advantage to attack, retreat or whatever is appropriate.

How do we demonstrate fear of the Lord? A primary way is by carefully attending to His Word, listening attentively to His voice as the Holy Spirit speaks. What would result? Knowledge of His will and His ways would surely be the primary result.

Unfortunately, the second half describes many students I see. I'll not call them fools for having blatant disregard for the wisdom and instruction that I and others of their elders (teachers, administrators, etc.) can offer. Solomon, however would - and did.

Learn what you can from the Word and listen to the Holy Spirit, letting Him teach you the wisdom that is from above. When others who have been along the road of life offer insight as to what you might be going through, take heed. You might just learn something that helps. In fact, I'm fairly certain you will, if you'll but try.

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