Proverbs 9: King James Bible
The Beginning of Wisdom – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nine, Verses
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – The Beginning of Wisdom
In the previous devotional, we spoke about who we shouldn’t be throwing our pearls to, or trying to Biblically correct. But here, I find there to be an unspoken reality about the kind of people that the Lord is talking about in the scripture above.
This group of folks have one thing the scoffers and the wicked don’t. That’s the fear of the Lord, without which, you haven’t even got a chance of acquiring true, honest, Holy Ghost driven wisdom.
Sure you can be smart without the fear of the Lord; the world has its own alternate skill set available for those who are wanting to do things, and believe things, the way the world dictates. Though this form of wisdom is proudly on display by the world, it’s like a paper bag filled with hot air, compared to even the foolishness of God (should there have ever been any).
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That’s the first step to acquire the wisdom of the Lord, but for the people being referenced above in the scriptures, there’s also a lack of something. What makes the scripture above possible, is a lack of a particular iniquity we call pride.
It’s been my experience, that pride in the life of a believer, is like placing a brick under the gas pedal, or a brick on top of the brake pedal. When someone has removed a prideful manner in their ways or thinking, they are open to be instructed, will benefit from reproof, and will take to heart the things that are being conveyed.
Concerning scriptural correction, should there be a need, they’ll hear you out, but search out the scriptures to see whether or not the instruction is true. This is wisdom at work, because pride will typically stand against any type of humbling, and resists any possibility that they could be wrong either in their ways or in their paradigm concerning the Word of God.
The type of folks the Holy Ghost is talking about above, are teachable or trainable. They’re not know it all’s, who scoff at instruction or correction. They weigh words with care, and would rather increase in knowledge of the Lord (or anything else for that matter), instead of churning in the stagnation, of sticking to their guns when they’re wrong.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 10: King James Bible
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Acts 17: King James Bible
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
1 Corinthians 1: King James Bible
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
2 Timothy 2: King James Bible
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2 Timothy 3: King James Bible
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Thank you for your grace, your Word, and the precious gift of your Holy Spirit. Help us all to be receptive to your wisdom and instruction. Should there be any pride in any of us that needs to be taken out of the way, please convict our hearts over the matter, and give us wisdom before there is need of further reproof. Help us to deal wisely according to your Word, in all of our comings and goings, and cause for us to be better representatives of our Savior. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
How can people think they can be wise, without getting past the beginning of wisdom?