THE FIRST STEP TO WISDOM

Posted: October 13, 2012 in wisdom
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“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13

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The first step to access Gods wisdom,is to walk in the fear of the lord.The bible declares “The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom” Proverbs 1:7.

What is the fear of the lord?

The word fear would normally mean,something bad ; the dictionary defines it as  “distressing emotion aroused by impending danger,evil,pain,etc.;it could also mean concern,anxiety”.We know satan works in the frequency of fear,we are taught and God walks in the frequency of faith.

The Bible also tells us to “Fear not” when we are faced with situations that should cause us to worry,because fear would only attract anything evil.Job says that “what I feared the most has come upon me”,fear is not what the bible encourages us to stand on but faith.

Then how come the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom?,let us clearly define the word fear in this context,before we proceed.

The word fear hear from the hebrew is Yirah which is translated “reverence”,this is not the fear that is stirred by anxiety or worry,or a distressing emotion,but it is reverence of the awesomeness of God,the other words that we can use is respect,worship.

When we think about God and look at the works of his hands our reverence and honor for him goes up,when I think of how he has kept me and protected me,I just only want to worship him.

The fear of the lord is reverence for God,respect for him,how then can we show God reverence? Reverence is a thing that comes from inside out.Respect is earned,not forced,when it is forced,you may get an outward expression without any inner depth,but true respect comes from the awe and recognition that comes from within me,from inside out.

Let us see some of the characters of the fear of the lord,how can you tell if a man truly fears God.Proverbs 8:13 gives us a clear picture of the man who fears God. “The fear of the LORD  [is] to hate  evil : pride , and arrogance, and the evil  way , and the froward  mouth , do I hate

  •  HE HATES EVIL : The first thing about the man who truly fears God is that he hates evil.what is evil? we don’t need the hebrew or greek definition of evil to know what it is ,but out of curiosity,it is just two letters in the hebrew “ra” meaning,bad,worst; think of anything that is bad,hurtful,wicked,vicious,name it;it is called evil and satan is the author of evil,that is why he is called “devil-the evil one”.
  • The bible records that “Job was a man who feared God and eschewed evil“,Job 1:1 and even God in Job 1:8 spoke of Job as a man “who feared God and eschewed evil”.This was not just flattery,Job truly feared God,it is evidenced in his life,after satan took all he had,the bible records in Job 1:20,that he “arose and worshipped God”,it was recorded of him that he did not sin or charge God foolishly,he kept his regard for God even when it looked like he was attacked by God.
  • The Bible says he feared God and eschewed evil,to eschew evil means to “avoid and stay away from  deliberately;stay clear of,another word is to shun evil”.The bible tells us to “flee every appearance of evil” stay away from anything that would seem like evil,it says flee.1Thessalonians 5:22
  • Hate evil,don’t be a part of any kind of evil,Proverbs 8:13,further states some kinds of evil and I would like to dwell on them:
  • Pride – the dictionary describes it as a “high or inordinate opinion of ones own dignity,importance,merit,or superiority,whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing ,conduct,etc..”; when it says “inordinate it means unrestrained opinion”,when you are so full of yourself and feel like no one is up to you and you are more superior than everyone else,that is pride.Most people who are proud,can never be corrected,they listen only to themselves and feel everyone else is wrong,we can go on and on; this kind of pride is evil.Just a few scriptures to follow-up,the bible says “Pride goeth before a fall”Proverbs 16:18 and also “the lord brings down the proud and lifts up the humble”Proverbs 15:33,so humility is the best position to maintain in other to win Gods favor.
  • Arrogance – means “offensive display of superiority or self-importance;overbearing pride”, a man like this looks down on people and is loud about it,he disrespects others and treats them as less.an arrogant man is usually a proud man,but arrogance gives pride a body,an expression,this also is another evil. Romans 12:3 says “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned”
  • The evil way – means the path of life we choose to take and walk in,you can walk in the right or the evil path.There are some decisions we take,ways we chose to live our lives,maybe prompted out of a hurt,grudge,something someone did to you and you have decided to hate all men,or someone hurt you and you decided to hurt them back,no matter your reason,you are on the evil way,that’s why the Bible says “there’s a way that seems right to a man,but the end thereof is destruction” Watch the way you are on,the people you keep company with,can put you on the evil way,this is evil also.Proverbs 1:15-16
  • Froward mouth – it means “stubbornly contrary,disobedient,obstinate,willfully contrary”.Imagine a child who just does the wrong even when they know the right,imagine a child who consistently does the wrong in other to make a parent feel bad,in other to hurt the other,but they know what they are doing is wrong,such people are called froward.They are obstinate and disobedient.I am reminded of the guy in the bible that was given one talent,the bible says he thought in himself that my master is a wicked man,he reaps where he doesn’t sow,so he hid his talent in the earth and did nothing bout it,he knew what he was doing,it was intentional because he had the wrong perception of his master (Matthew 25:14-30).This is a clear example of a man who steals from his boss,because he feels he is mal treated by his boss,he knows the right but does the wrong.There are guys who are into fraud with the excuse that, colonial masters stole from their forefathers,so they pay them back,by deceiving them to take from people,they know that fraud is wrong but they look for a reason that seems good,no good reason is justifiable for evil,evil will always be bad.

God was clear about it,he said “do I hate”,in other words anyone indulging in any of those attitudes listed or categorized under evil, God hates.

The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom and another place says that the fear of the lord is the instruction of wisdom,if you want to walk in the wisdom of God,then walk in the lifestyle of reverence for God and God will distinguish you with his wisdom,there are three things that wisdom attracts,long life,wealth and honor.Proverbs 3:13-16

If you want to have a long life of wealth and honor,then fear God and eschew evil.

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