In case you aren’t familiar with Proverbs, it was written by Solomon (king of Israel and son of David). Solomon is known for his wisdom and he wrote much of the book of Proverbs in an attempt to share the knowledge and wisdom that he gained through his relationship and fellowship with God.
In reading the first chapter of Solomon’s Proverbs tonight, one thing stuck with me over and over: Be careful not to reject the wisdom of God. Start with God. Stick with God. End with God.
Proverbs 1:7 (KJV) makes a bold and timeless statement. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
This verse doesn’t speak to being afraid as much as it does acknowledgement. I would almost rephrase it to say the “RECOGNITION OF THE POWER OF GOD AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE CHARACTER of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” One who understands that God knows and can do all things while recognizing the loving, merciful, and faithful character of God is on track to become both wiser and more knowledgeable. Start with God.
“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent though not.” –Proverbs 1:10
“My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path.” -Proverbs 1:15
Verses 10 and 15 warn believers against giving in to sin and temptation from sinners. Because of our healthy fear of the Lord, we should want to obey Him. However, knowing that we are human and were born of a sinful nature, God still uses Solomon to remind us to resist the urge to sin. He knows that sin will separate us from Him. Stick with God.
“For they that hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: they would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of the fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” -Proverbs 1:29-33
The chapter closes by explaining the consequences of our choice to gain wisdom from God or not. God has provided us with access to Him and has given us a manual by which we should live our lives. He has anointed messengers to teach and preach His word. He grants discernment to those who choose to follow His lead. Still, there are some who reject His counsel. They do not fear the Lord and do not wish to understand His character. On the day of judgement, those who have rejected God’s wisdom will realize that they needed it. They will call on Him and He will not answer. Fortunately, our God is merciful and loving and has promised that those who listen to Him will be free of harm and evil. End with God.
I hope that you enjoyed day 1 of the Proverbs Challenge as much as I did. If you missed out on day 1, catch up on day 2. You can do it!