Now that we know that God wants us to grow in the knowledge that He wants to give to us, these next two verses will tell us the first step that needs to be met before God will even begin to release His knowledge to us.
These two verses are specifically telling us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of being able to receive knowledge and wisdom direct from the Lord. Here are the two verses:
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)
Notice in both of these verses it says that the fear of the Lord is the “beginning” of being able to receive knowledge and wisdom from God. In other words, if you do not have a healthy fear of the Lord, then chances are, God is not going to be working with you very closely in releasing His knowledge to you.
This first condition right here is another reason why many of God’s people are not getting more knowledge, revelation, and wisdom being transmitted to them.
What exactly is God meaning when He says that we must have a healthy “fear” of Him? He obviously does not want you to be so afraid of Him that you then become too afraid to enter into a healthy personal relationship with Him. What I believe God means by the phrase “fear of the Lord” is that we are to have an extremely reverent respect for Him and all of His ways!
Many Christians have a good, healthy fear of God Himself, as they know that He is all-powerful and that He is God Almighty Himself. But where many Christians are getting into trouble off these two verses is that they do not have a healthy fear of all of God’s ways. And one of God’s ways for all of us is that we try and stay out of sin, especially some of the heavier type sins.
If you are out committing adultery behind your spouse’s back, literally breaking one of God’s ten commandments – then chances are, God will not be imparting much of His revelation and knowledge to you since you are living in an obvious sin.
If you are out committing this type of sin against God, then you are not showing much of a fear of Him, or else you would never have considered falling into this type of heavier sin to begin with. Your actions may be speaking louder than your words to Him.
If you have a true healthy fear of the Lord, then you will not want to tempt your fate and what He wants to do with your life by directly disobeying some of these obvious commandments such as adultery, cheating, scamming others, verbally and/or physically abusing your spouse or your children, holding extreme unforgiveness towards others, abusing alcohol or doing drugs.
If you have a good healthy fear of the Lord, then you will make every effort to try and live your life right and stay out of the heavier sins that you know will get you in major trouble with Him.
We are all sinners and none of us is perfect. I believe there is a certain amount of “slack” with the Lord on our own imperfections and some of the stupid things that we will do in this life.
However, where some of us will get into trouble with the Lord on the above two verses is when we blatantly enter into what I call “unacceptable” sins and behavior. And some of the sins mentioned above are unacceptable sins and behaviors in God’s eyes, and they thus could cause God to pull back on you with what He wants to do with your life.
God will not be mocked! If you do not fear Him and His ways and the way He wants you to live this life – then He may just choose to withhold any knowledge and revelation that He may want to impart to you.
This is why the above two verses are so important for those who would really like to start seeking after the knowledge of God for their lives.
God will be more than willing to open up His storehouse of knowledge for you in this life – but only if you are willing to do your part – and your first step will be to make sure that you have a good, healthy, reverent fear and respect of Him and all of His ways.
This is part 3 of our 19 part series on Seeking After The Knowledge of God.
1. An Introduction to the “Seek After The Knowledge of God”
2. Growing in the Knowledge of God
3. The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Receiving Knowledge and Wisdom
4. Destroyed For Lack Of Knowledge
5. Knowledge and Wisdom Are Better Than All the Material Things of This World
6. Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom
7. All Knowledge and Wisdom Comes Direct From God
8. The Holy Spirit is our Helper, Teacher, and Guide
9. Seeking After the Knowledge of God
10. Knowledge and Wisdom Will Help Keep You Safe
11. In the Multitude of Counselors There is Safety
12. Use the Knowledge That God Will Give You
13. Walk With Other Wise Men
14. A Wise Man Will Not Show Partiality in Judgment
15. Stay Humble When God Does Start to Release His Knowledge to You
16. Knowledge Will Increase Sorrow and Grief
17. The Wisdom of This World is Foolishness With God
18. Dont Cease Listening to Instruction
19. The Story of King Solomon