I wish I would have heard of it sooner; have learned where it could be found. I would have mined it like gold and cherished it for its worth to me – it would have changed the course of my life! But alas, a wrong choice was made and years of consequences ensued. I wish I had known, if someone would have only told me!
But, then again, not many young people are known for this valuable commodity. Should young people who are Christ followers possess this – or, at least know where to find it?
Job in his discourse on wisdom in chapter 28, makes this statement in verse 20. “From where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?” He closes the chapter by declaring “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. And to depart from evil is understanding.”
What he is really saying is, wisdom lies in God who alone can resolve the unanswerable questions of life. Man’s solution is to find peace through submission to divine authority. Job in working through his grief and dealing with his suffering on a day to day basis had come to an important conclusion — God is sovereign in the affairs of life. Falling back into God’s hands and deciding to trust unfailingly in His love for us is the only way to find peace in the chaos of life. It is true wisdom to know in your heart that He has a plan for your life even when you can’t see into the next day! If this is the case, then we should make wisdom a priority of our lives.
Okay! I need wisdom, you need wisdom, we all need wisdom. How do we get it?
James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Sounds simple enough — I ask God and He will give it to me! Right?
I think we need to reread that scripture with a little more understanding: “If any of you lacks (spiritual understanding in the purpose of your trials), let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without (reminding us of our unworthiness), and it will be given to him.” Oh, that changes things a bit! His Word to us is wisdom and with its entrance into our heart comes understanding.
But, “fear” of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom? Jesus comforted His disciples with “Fear not” then told them “don’t be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But, fear Him who, after killing the body, has power to throw you into hell. Fear Him! (Luke 12:4-5).
Don’t waste your fear on anyone less than God Himself! When you fear the Devil you leave yourself open to all kinds of paranoia. When we fear God, we have nothing to fear from any other source. That is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom.
John tells us that perfect love casts out all fear. Let us cast all our fears upon the Lord and leave them there for Him to deal with. Is this a paradox of the Christian faith; that only when we fear God will we find the peace that passes understanding and unconditional love that removes all fear?
I would love to leave planet Earth knowing that I have left behind a reputation for imparting wisdom and making wise decisions, having learned from the mistakes of my youth. There’s a reason why I love this old hymn, I just realized why: “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved.”