- The Beginning of Wisdom –
by, Feb 7th 2012 at 04:24 AM (305 Views)
Psalm 111:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments: His praise endureth forever”
Proverbs 2:6, “The LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding”
Our present era has accurately been called the "age of information”. With multitudes of books and periodicals in every field of study and practice, together with billions of dollars devoted to all kinds of research, and now for some time we have the “superhighway of information” that we call the Internet. It seems like everyone and every organization is posting information of all sorts on their own web page and web pages of others, so much that the world is almost drowning in information. In the Old Testament Job asked the question where shall wisdom be found and where is the place of understanding? (Job 28:12). Yet, with all the information we have at our disposal through the Internet, Job’s urgent question can’t be answered “on-line”; however, the only source that has an answer is found in the “priceless letters contained in God’s precious Word”. If you have a letter in your possession from Mark Twain, it could be worth a lot of money. A personal, 9-page letter written to his daughter in 1875 sold for $33,000 back in 1991. Ordinary correspondence from the author of Tom Sawyer usually brings $1,200 to $1,500 per page. Experts say that even though Twain wrote 50,000 letters during his lifetime, demand is still strong for these personal notes from one of American’s favorite authors. It’s very doubtful you don’t have any correspondence from Mark Twain, but chances are you own a priceless collection of letters and aren’t even aware of it. My friend, twenty-one of the 27 books in the New Testament are letters written to encourage and instruct believers and which contain the priceless revelation of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
A. W. Tozer penned these words, “In the Holy Scriptures wisdom, when used of God and good men, always carries a strong moral connotation. It is conceived as being pure, loving, and good … Wisdom, among other things, is the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve those ends by the most perfect means. It seems the end from the beginning, so there can be no need to guess or conjecture. Wisdom sees everything in focus, each in proper relation to all, and is thus able to work toward predestined goals with flawless precision” and J. I. Packer said this, “Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it. Wisdom is, in fact, the practical side of moral goodness. As such, it is found in its fullness only in God. He alone is naturally and entirely and invariable wise. Job 28:28 tells us, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” King Solomon, to whom God had granted special wisdom (1 Kings 3:11-12), penned divinely inspired words when he wrote, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” and “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). My friend, if anything is missing in our information age of today, it is surely the fear of God, at least among most people – even most religious people. However, as our text says, “A good understanding have all they that do His commandments.” From our New Testament perspective, we now know that ‘In [Christ] are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). 1 John 3:23 tells us, and this is His commandment, that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment”. My friend herein is true knowledge, true understanding and above all wisdom.
Are there any limits to the knowledge we can acquire? With today’s amazing technology we are able to tap into incredible sources of information. Surely we are very grateful for the technology that makes available such remarkable means of obtaining information; however, a mere accumulation of facts doesn’t add up to insight and understanding. All the learning of philosophers, the speculations of ethicists, and the achievements of scientists can’t even begin to give us:
(1) The truth about God and His will for us,
(2) His grace, or
(3) The good news concerning Jesus Christ and salvation from sin.
My friend, for that knowledge we need and will always need the Bible, God’s breathed Word. The apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians wrote this, “By revelation He made known to me the mystery … of which I became a minister” (Ephesians 3:3, 7). He had received a message from God and was told to preach it to the world (v 8). The letters we hold in our hands today contain God’s special revelation to us. Moreover, to every born again believer in Christ, the value of the New Testament letters isn’t their cash value, but it is the wisdom they bring to an open heart, wisdom from God Himself. Simply put, seek God with all you heart because He is the only source of all wisdom for your life.
We can get information online and you can acquire much knowledge, but true wisdom comes only from God.