The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
We have all read this passage or heard it spoken on more than one occasion. It makes me think of how I fit into what it is, it is trying to say. Do I really fear the LORD, with respect and reverence,… or am I the fool that thinks he knows everything already, and therefore am despising any chance at new insight or correction. Having been given the freedom of choice, we sometimes try to justify all that we do, and defend to the last any effort that goes against what our choices are. When you look at it GOD is really the source and beginning of all real wisdom. It is due to His grace that we know anything at all. If we learn to humble ourselves, then we just may have a chance to stand at the doorway of knowledge. Jesus said that He was the way, the truth, and the life. In any quest to learn anything, what is really hoped for is the truth. Well, the way to get to any piece or part of that very truth is really acceptance of Christ. Without Him there is no life at all. Paul warned that we ought not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. Respect for GOD, the keeping of His commandments, these are the practices which create in us a right spirit. It is through these same developed habits that we learn… yes learn to listen and grow in the Holy Spirit. When you look at the word fool in the Hebrew, it translates from a term which was used for one that was deficient or lacking. It is this very same type of person that is in greater need for having his spirit filled. Hold out a reverence, fear, for the LORD… you will find that His grace truly is enough to supply all your needs.