The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but what does it mean to fear the Lord? Does it mean we quake in our boots at the thought of His coming? Does it mean fear is the over-arching theme of our Christian walk?
No! Not at all.
Proverbs 8:12-21 gives us some insight. “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power. By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just; by me princes govern, and nobles—all who rule on earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full.”
In this section of Proverbs 8, wisdom is speaking. Fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and here we see what it means to fear the Lord. It means that we hate evil. We hate those things that God hates: pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and perverse speech.
So to have true wisdom we must take a stand with the Lord and take a stand against evil.
And look at all the wonderful benefits. When we love wisdom, she loves us right back. When we seek for her, we find her. With wisdom comes riches, honor, wealth, prosperity, and fruit that is even better than gold.
Does that mean that we will live in multi-million dollar homes or drive the most expensive luxury cars? Of course it could, but enduring wealth and luxury here are far more than a house or vehicle. The fruit of attaining wisdom is better than the finest gold. It surpasses the choicest silver because real wisdom is found in the most glorious acquisition we can ever have. It yields a rich inheritance for our loved ones. It fills the treasuries of those who find it.
This fruit of wisdom is a relationship with the Lord and nothing in this world will ever come close to touching it.
Lord, help me to seek true wisdom that comes from knowing and walking with You.