Wednesday’s Words: Knowledge and Wisdom

I enjoy reading Proverbs as they are full of great knowledge or wisdom.  In the first Proverb, verse 7, Solomon, son of King David, wrote, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

According to the ESV commentary on verse 7, “Knowledge” and “wisdom” are closely tied together in Proverbs: “knowledge” tends to focus on correct understanding of the world and oneself as creatures of the magnificent and loving God, while “wisdom” is the acquired skill of applying that knowledge rightly, or “skill in the art of godly living”

I was drawn to the word “fear” and noted that it is mentioned a couple of times in chapter 1.  The ESV commentary wrote, “The reason that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of both knowledge and wisdom is that the moral life begins with reverence and humility before the Maker and Redeemer.”  I like that!  Moral life begins with reverence and humility before God.

There are two opposites portrayed here:  those who fear the Lord and those who don’t.  Solomon writes about those who do not seek wisdom and do not call upon the Lord and concludes in vs 28-29 that God will not answer them when they ultimately do call upon them. Why?  Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord.

The proverb does conclude what will happen to those who do listen to Him… they will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.  Those words should bring comfort to those who follow Him.  I want to dwell secure, knowing that the Lord is watching over me.  That is ultimate wisdom.