The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
and knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
The wise lay up knowledge.
Unwise decisions—those made without knowledge—have the potential of throwing our lives into a downward spiral. Bad decisions have negative consequences…which can lead to more bad decisions and more negative consequences.
Decisions made with knowledge usually have positive results; continued knowledgeable decisions will put our lives on a positive path, one that will bring us joy and glorify the Lord.
Proverbs 9:10 tells us that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” The word “fear” does not mean “running away and screaming in fear” but rather respect, reverence and humility of the Lord. The Lord, through His Word, the Bible, offers us the knowledge that we need to make good and godly moral decisions.
The Bible doesn’t tell us outright what to do if we are confronted with an overbearing boss, or a cranky coworker, selfish spouse, backstabbing brother, or other temptations galore, it does give us the principles of how to deal with these situations and more—many more—in fact, any situation we may be confronted with.
When we study the Bible we gain knowledge—we lay it up in our hearts. When we are familiar with God’s words we will be ready when (not if) we face difficult situations. And if you are involved in a situation where you just don’t know how to act, ask Him. He will lead and guide you.
The book of Proverbs is a collection of wise words. Consider using it for Bible study for a month or more, reading the chapter of Proverbs corresponding to the date. Today, April 12th, read Proverbs 12.
(I’m also blogging the A to Z Challenge at Home is Where the Mom Is. Today I’m blogging on the topic of “Kids; Bringing God into Their Lives.”)