Wisdom: The First Step

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”

Proverbs 9:10 ESV

The book of Proverbs is a call to wisdom. Wisdom is exalted in a variety of ways, just as foolishness is decried in a variety of ways. A host of word pictures are used to illustrate wisdom. And repeatedly, the reader is encouraged to seek wisdom.

Sometimes all the talk of wisdom can lead the reader to frustration, wondering “How do I get wisdom? Where does the wise road begin?” The answer is found in 9:10. The beginning of wisdom, true wisdom, is fearing the Lord. In reality, the better mindset is not to chase wisdom, but to chase the Lord because wisdom without God isn’t really wisdom. In chasing God and godliness, we become wise.

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