“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28b)
Do you search for wisdom? There are those who spend their entire lives chasing after it and striving to find out what it truly means to be wise. Three times in the Old Testament we are told from whence it comes: true wisdom both fears the Lord and shuns evil.
To fear the Lord indicates reverence. I love C.S. Lewis’ depiction of God as the lion, Aslan. Aslan is a magnificent beast who is both dangerous and kind. Can you imagine the terrible feeling of being face to face with a lion? There would be both a sense of awe and of reverence (or fear) of it’s ability to tear you to shreds.
A proper reverence of the Lord communicates that we know He is omnipotent. There is no greater being than He in the universe.
There isn’t but a leaf that falls to the ground outside of God’s overruling power.
When we have a proper understanding of that, then we realize that our lives aren’t left up to chance. Wisdom understands that there is a good God who has our best in mind in all of life’s circumstances, and the wise person strives to please Him in all he or she does.
Father, help me to remember that putting you in the proper place in my life is the greatest way that I can attain wisdom. Let me fear you, and then let me put off and push away all things that are not of you.