Daily Devotional 7-24-20

TRANSCRIPT

Well, if God were to give you one thing that you wished for, what would you ask him for? Money? World peace? A long, healthy life? Maybe to get rid of the Coronavirus? That’d be great right now. I mean, what would be on the top of your list? Well, this scenario sounds crazy, but it actually happened in the Bible to the young king, Solomon.

God appeared to Solomon in a dream and he said, “Ask, and I will give it to you.” And what does this young king ask for? He asks for something you wouldn’t expect. He asks for wisdom, the ability to discern between what is right and what is wrong. And the Bible says in 1 Kings 3:10 (ESV) that this pleased the Lord, and God then gave Solomon his wish. He granted Solomon great wisdom. And because Solomon asked for wisdom, his discernment to do what was right, ultimately led to riches, and honor, and a long life.

Now here’s the really good news: According to Solomon, you can be wise just like he was too.

Now all wisdom stems from one thing, according to the Bible: the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 1:7 (ESV) says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction”. You see the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all knowledge. What does that mean?

If you want to understand anything, you’ve got to understand that wisdom or knowledge, in this case, comes from a healthy respect for the almighty God. Solomon understood this early in his life. I mean, although if you know the story, later he did drift in his later years before he eventually turned back to God.

But this fear of the Lord, this isn’t abject terror of the Lord. It’s not this like paralyzing fear. It’s a healthy fear. Like maybe the fear you might have of touching a hot stove or maybe the fear you might have of the consequences of what might happen to you if you were to break the law. You fear God when you rightly understand your place in the world in relation to God’s place.

You see, he is the creator; you’re the creation. He’s the lawmaker; you are the lawbreaker. He is the judge and the jury, and you’re the defendant. He is powerful; you are powerless. He is righteous, and you are wicked.

Loving God, having reverence for God, and humility is the beginning of all knowledge and wisdom. Without this, according to the Bible, you are a fool. Because fools, they despise rules and instructions. They rebel against the lawmaker and they refuse to humble themselves before the teachings of the wise. Fools are helpless and on the precipice of disaster.

So here’s the question for you: Do you fear the Lord? Do you know your place in the world in relation to God? See, this is the beginning of all wisdom, because when you fear God, you’re going to follow his commands and seek to live in a way that pleases the God of righteousness.

What could be wiser than that?