Job, Psalms, and Proverbs all contain the scripture: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Fear means reverence, and honor. Wisdom starts with respecting the character of God, resulting in our obedience. This simple equation gives a glimpse into infinite wisdom.
“Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.” (Deuteronomy 8:6, NKJV)
RECOGNIZING GOD IS ALL-KNOWING
God has and will always exist; therefore, He has all knowledge of events. (Psalm 93:2) He is aware of all people simultaneously. (Job 1:8) He understands our motivations and reads our minds; therefore, He has insight into our relationships.
“Then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive, and deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know the human heart).” (2 Chronicles 6:30, NIV)
Not only does God comprehend every human thought and motive, He distinguishes the critical from the insignificant. (Proverbs 2:6) Without eternal perspective, we cannot set priorities or make decisions. God does not make us guess. He eagerly provides His assessment if we ask.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5, NIV)
We can trust that He will guide us in the best direction. (Proverbs 3:5, 6) By RECOGNIZING GOD IS ALL-KNOWING, we have the first factor in our wisdom equation.
ADMITTING GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL
Since God controls the entire universe, He is worthy of our reverence. God’s authority to speak the world into existence, (Genesis 1:3) His supremacy over life and death, (Romans 8:11), and the fact that He does whatever He chooses (Psalm 115:3) means that it would be ridiculous to ignore His omnipotence.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV)
The incomprehensible power of God is not worthy of comparison to any authority a mortal may obtain. (Romans 13:1) Man’s atomic superiority is insignificant to the supremacy of God.
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” (Revelations 11:17, NIV)
God declares himself Almighty. Any authority a human has is a benevolent gift from God. Only the most foolish would refuse to kneel to the sovereignty of God. By ADMITTING GOD IS ALL POWERFUL, we add the next element in our wisdom equation.
ACCEPTING GOD’S LOVE GIFT
Throughout the Bible God explains His love gift of forgiveness of our sins. (Romans 6:23) God designed humans with the purpose of communing with Him. Our unwillingness to say no to selfishness resulted in our helpless state of eternal separation from God. Jesus’ death gives us an opportunity to have a relationship with God Almighty.
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (1 John 4:9-16, NIV)
An eternal friendship with the Lord of all is a gift beyond measure. This connection is not slave to a master. It is the intimate bond of a sacrificing Father with an undeserving child. The love of God is incredible.
“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” (Romans 8:15, NIV)
God being holy could not have a relationship with sin. (2 Timothy 1:9) We have the choice to know, love, and acknowledge Him or not. (Joshua 24:15) God offers the loving gift of salvation. ACCEPTING GOD’S LOVE GIFT is critical for the formula of wisdom.
OBEYING GOD’S COMMANDS
Our obedience proves we are wise. (Proverbs 3:7-8) If we revere God, we will submit to His authority.
“Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.” (Deuteronomy 8:6, NIV)
There are numerous benefits in surrendering our will to God’s commands. (Proverbs 10:7-9) Wisdom promises blessings to those who follow the directives of God.
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.” (Proverbs 3:1-2, NIV)
David knew that following God’s teachings made him wiser than his enemies. (Psalms 111:10; 119:97-99) Moses’ disobedience kept him from the promised land. (Numbers 20:12) Wanting God’s best for Israel, he emphasized the importance of compliance.
“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.” (Deuteronomy 10:12-14, NIV)
TO USE GOD’S GIFT OF WISDOM:
- RECOGNIZE GOD IS ALL KNOWING. Stop trusting in what you think and believe what the Bible says.
- ADMIT GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL. Surrender your plans to God; by following His leadership you will accomplish more than you ever hoped for.
- AND ACCEPT GOD’S LOVE GIFT. Accept Jesus’ death as payment for your sin, then enjoy your relationship with God.
- OBEY GOD’S COMMANDS. Be wise; recognize God’s authority and follow all of God’s instructions.
Are you wise?
What have you left out of your formula for wisdom?
How do you demonstrate your wisdom?
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