Foolish or full of wisdom, which one are you? Maybe some days you feel somewhere in-between. I know I do.
It might help us to know where we are if we break down the following scripture
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline”. Proverbs 1:7
The word fear in this text is from the Hebrew word yir’ah meaning reverence, honor and respect.
The definition for knowledge is the acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles.
A fool is a silly or stupid person who lacks judgement or sense.
Wisdom is the knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgement as to action; discernment or insight.
Now let’s apply the above definitions to the verse in Proverbs 1:7.
The reverence of the Lord (acknowledging His greatness and sovereignty) is the beginning of truth, and wisdom is the knowledge of that truth coupled with the discernment to take action, but a silly or stupid person hates truth and lacks judgement and control.
The reverence of the Lord is the beginning – the start – of wisdom. Having an ongoing relationship with Him continues that process.
In light of the above definition, I’d say, I’ve left foolishness behind and I’m in the life long process of becoming wise. But I must remind myself it is a process, one of daily adhering to the truths I’m learning from God’s Word.
Taking all this into account, I’m no longer totally foolish but I’m not yet fully wise.
Take a wisdom check this week. Where do you think you are?