To acquire wisdom where do you begin?

Proverbs 1--8-9

The Verse of the Day for October 12, 2016 offers sound advice taken from Proverbs 1:8-9 (NLT):

[A Father’s Exhortation: Acquire Wisdom] My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.

The Book of Proverbs reveals Solomon’s advice to his son and to all who would desire to walk as the wise. This repository of words is a treasure house to those seeking to acquire and apply the principles of wisdom. Each day unfolds as a new beginning, an opportunity to make a fresh start in our quest to lay hold on wisdom, for we recognize this truth in Proverbs 4:7 (NLT):

Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.

How do we begin? We go back to the beginning where we find that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” according to Proverbs 9:10 which is graphically illustrated in this dramatic way:

This foundational principle is also poetically expressed:

The Beginning of Wisdom

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.

Psalm 19:9

                                                                                                 

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:

and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10

 

We begin and stand in absolute awe of You,

Thoroughly washed in the fountain of holiness.

The old has passed away—Behold, You make all things new:

Redeemed and justified by Christ, our righteousness.

As You search the earth, may we find grace in your sight.

We seek to be wise but never in our own eyes.

Here we stand perfected, those destined to walk upright,

As Your beloved, whose hearts Your Word purifies.

We are filled with knowledge and wisdom from above

And bound by a covenant no one can sever,

For nothing can separate us from God’s love:

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.

We are renewed in strength and upheld by God’s Word,

As we pursue wisdom, growing in the fear of the Lord.

A perfect accompaniment to today’s post is the worship song “We Choose the Fear of the Lord” by Maranatha Music.

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