Read: 1 John 4:14-18
“…God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”
What is the beginning of wisdom? “Fear of the Lord”, you say. Right, that’s Biblical. In fact, the Bible says that 3 times: Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 111:10. The Biblical word in Hebrew translated as “fear” in English is “yirah”; while it usually means fear, “yirah” can also be translated as “awe”, “respect”, or “reverence”. Bible translators have traditionally gone with the most common definition, but most preachers tend to emphasize the less common meanings for this passage. I think “Reverance of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” is a great translation choice.
But is there another answer? Yes! and it’s also Biblical. Proverbs 4:7 says this: “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever else you get, get insight.” I like that! Essentially, the beginning of wisdom is to want wisdom, and to get understanding or insight of that wisdom. Over the next several weeks I am going to be doing a WISH post series on “wisdom”, and I plan to use both Biblical and non-Biblical quotes that convey wisdom. Today, I begin with a great quote from Christian Leader/author/preacher Chuck Swindoll on “attitude”. Enjoy.
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.” – Charles R. Swindoll
Pastor Rob Nystrom