Proverbs 9:10-12 New Living Translation
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.”
Fear of the Lord repeats a sentiment that is first laid out in Proverbs 1:7 and is not being afraid of the Lord, but rather treating him with awe, reverence and respect. That is the base that we are to start with to gain Godly wisdom. Using good judgment comes from our knowledge of the things of God. The closer our relationship is with God, the better judgment we should theoretically have. One who is wise is one who has or shows experience, knowledge, and good judgment in all matters of life.
Solomon’s Proverbs are meant to instruct and guide us into a deeper understanding of the finer points of God. They speak to our needs and refresh us with council. We are to take heed and not merely skim through them as if it were a race or some sort of rigid obligation. We are to read all scripture slowly and let it soak into our heart, mind and soul. God’s word can and will change us from the inside out If we allow it.
Our acceptance of God is accepting as reality the abstract belief that though not seen in a physical sense, he is real and is to be worshipped. Solomon is telling us in essence that wisdom begins and ends with God. The beginning is when we bow down to him and allow the spirit of God do his work in us. Once we receive Christ into our lives our understanding begins to grow and expand. We must pay attention so as not to miss any nugget of truth expressed within the book. Being in a hurry makes reading nothing more than an exercise; however, reflecting on what is being said will nourish our soul. Reading and remembering is vital to our spiritual well being. A willing and teachable spirit is required to get anything out of the scriptures in general and out of the Proverbs in particular. We need to cultivate the ‘want to’ because we don’t have to read the Bible. We don’t have to do anything, but doing nothing will keep us from being all God knows we can be in this life. This life isn’t about US; it’s about God and who we are in him. Live to please God with your life. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible