Proverbs 9:10 - Knowing God and Wisdom
Respect and obey the Lord!
This is the beginning of wisdom.
To have understanding,
you must know the Holy God.
Prov 9:10 (CEV)
The theme of the book (1:7) is repeated in this concluding
section (9:10). [New Bible Companion]
Serving with fear doesn't mean fear of punishment, but rather a
fear defined as reverential awe and respect. [In His Time; Walk With
Wisdom begins with knowing God. He gives insight into living
because he created life. To know God is not just to know the facts about
him, but to stand in awe of him and have a relationship with him. Do
you really want to be wise? Get to know God better and better. [Life
Men are always seeking for greater wisdom, but they usually
bypass the Ultimate Source of wisdom. The Scriptures clearly point
this direction. They reveal, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning
of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding"
(Pro.9:10). But what has man done with this tremendous resource at his
fingertips? Ignored it! "For even though they knew God, they did not honor
Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their
speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise,
they became fools" (Rom.1:21,22).
Since God's wisdom resides in His Word, it is imperative to know
what He has revealed, but even many Christians ignore a regular time
reading and studying the Scriptures. Therefore, many of their decisions
are foolish, because they've not consulted the Ultimate Source of
wisdom. [Rick Yohn; Time With God SB]
In this world of confusion, misrepresentation, and ignorance how
wonderful it is for believers to discover that their God holds wisdom,
knowledge, and understanding. We need to grasp the omniscience, the
all-knowing nature, of God and realize that it is only through Him that we
can become wise and be taught the truth. Many run here and there
seeking guidance from so-called professionals. What God would have us
know through this verse is that to grow wise and gain understanding,
we need to know Him! And while God can and does use people, He
very often would speak to us through His Word or by His Spirit - if
we would but wait upon Him and listen. Do you desire wisdom and
understanding? Are you willing to devote yourself to study and prayer? Pray
about it! [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]