First Steps to Wisdom
Scripture: Job 26:1-29:25
Wisdom. I used to think wisdom only came to those who were older than me. Then I turned the age of those individuals and wondered when I’d be wise. I have since learned the error of my ways and have had to adjust my thinking. To gain insight on the subject, let’s spend some time taking a deeper look at Job’s statement about wisdom in 28:28:
"And this is what he [speaking of God] says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’" [Emphasis mine]
Here’s a quick vocabulary lesson to help us understand the word fear in this context. It means respect, reverence, and piety.
Simply put, when we:
- Give the Lord the respect, reverence, and regard He deserves, we grow in our wisdom, understanding, and application of His Word.
- Grow in our wisdom, understanding, and application of the Lord’s Word, He begins to reveal His plan and purposes for our lives.
Giving leads to growing.
I just love when truth can be summed up in a simple way. But let’s be cautious. We can’t be so naïve as to think simple means easy. Giving the Lord the respect, reverence, and regard He deserves means we consider God’s ways more than our own. Sometimes this requires moving out of our comfort zone, saying ‘no’ to things we desire, or sacrificing our free time.
Changing our ways and our thought patterns in order to gain wisdom is worth all our effort. “For whoever finds me [wisdom] finds life and receives favor from the LORD.” (Proverbs 8:35) [Emphasis mine] Now I ask, who doesn’t want to receive life and favor from the Lord?
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