Verse of the Day: Proverbs 9:10
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” – Proverbs 9:10
This verse in Proverbs tells us where true wisdom and knowledge come from. Many think wisdom comes from the very wisest in our society, and that knowledge comes from schooling. This may be true; however, they are not the ultimate sources. Let’s look at what this verse says from one of the wisest and most knowledgeable men that ever lived, Solomon.
First, wisdom starts by fearing the Lord. The word fear in this context means respect and reverence. True wisdom comes through the reverence of the true God, honoring and praising Him for who He truly is, not who or what we think or what Him to be, such as a figment of our imagination. For true wisdom comes through belief and the holding firm in real reality, not in trying to create a false reality.
Understanding comes through knowing and seeking the source of this actual reality, one who knows the end from the beginning, who is infinite and has never not existed, and who knows everything. When we seek knowledge, do we go to someone who might know, or do we choose someone who truly knows? I go to the latter, God. He will provide wisdom and the knowledge that leads to understanding to anyone who seeks Him.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.