We are living in a world of information over-load. If you have a question about anything (regardless of how trivial it might seem), you can simply enter it in “Google” and find out more information than you knew existed! We have people that have been attending college for most of their adult life, and if you ask them what their plans are to do when they finish the work for their degree, they will probably tell you that they are going to pursue another degree. But you know, for all our learning, we are a very foolish people. I think it’s because we are starting in the wrong place. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments; His praise endureth forever” (Psalm 111:10).
I don’t know about you, but I need all the wisdom I can get. The Bible clearly states that God has made a way for us to attain wisdom from Him … it is by simply by having a healthy fear of the Lord. We like to talk about God in terms that make us feel better, but we need to realize that the God we serve is not only love, but His is perfectly just and pure. That means that the sin we normally have in our lives is an offense to Him.
We ought to fear failing our God. The reality of life is that we are not perfect. The best of us is at our best a sinner saved by the grace of God. Not one of us has earned the right to stand before a holy God. There ought to be a fear that we live with every day. I notice in my own life that I often treat sin with a very casual attitude. This is a trap of my own sinful flesh, and one that I need to guard against at all cost! When I sin, I am failing my righteous and holy God. This ought to strike fear into my heart! This fear of failing God should drive me to my knees. Fearing God, living in fear of failing God, is simply the beginning of wisdom. It is not the end, but it is the important beginning.
If you ever wonder how exactly you fail God, He gave us a set of commandments that are designed to help us walk in a right way before Him. We fear Him because as we seen His commandments clearly, we realize that we have not obeyed those commandments. Today is a good day to begin to see your sins as God sees them. This is the launching point to you beginning to understand the fear of God. Because you are beginning to fear God, you now are also beginning to gain wisdom. The people I have known that walk the closest with God, have all had one common characteristic. They all knew their sinfulness and were overwhelmed with the grace of God in their lives. Join them today and begin to know the wisdom of God!