One of the Bible verses I memorized when I was a kid was Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” I have to admit, I didn’t exactly know what it meant. I knew that it didn’t mean to be afraid of God, and I knew that it was wise to fear God, but other than that, it was just a verse I memorized. Now I’ve come to understand that this verse is more than just a memory verse to recite in Sabbath School—it’s a way of life.
In college, I’ve had to take lots of classes that were prerequisite classes—classes I had to take before I could take the next class. Before I took Statistics, I had to take an English class. Before I took Intermediate Greek, I had to take Beginning Greek. I also had to graduate from High School before I could enter College, graduate from 8th grade before I could enter High School, and pass 1st grade before I could enter 2nd. Life is full of prerequisites.
In his introduction to his timeless compilation of wise sayings, King Solomon inserts a prerequisite to being wise—acknowledging God. He begins his book the same way Moses began Genesis, “In the beginning God…” In order to be truly wise, acknowledging God as supreme is imperative. In Solomon’s experience, the first step in becoming wise is putting God first.
Now if you’re anything like me, you might be thinking, “What about all the highly intelligent scientists and philosophers who are atheists or agnostics? They don’t put God first, and they’re wise!” That’s a good question, and it’s one I can’t claim to have all the answers to. Here’s something that helped me. The word most frequently used for “wisdom” in Proverbs actually is best translated “life skills.” If we truly believe that God is Creator and that the Bible is truth, then we have to agree that nothing else is more important than having a relationship with God that trumps everything else we do.
At the end of time, all the knowledge we have about the world won’t make any difference. What will matter is this—is our Heavenly Father also our Best Friend?
Wisdom cries out in the streets: “How long will you love being simple? If you turn from your ways, I will give you My Spirit!”
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things [everything you need] will be added unto you.”
Will you listen to the voice of Wisdom today? Why don’t you make that your Resolution for this year, this week, and this day! Put God first!
Timmy Baze 😀