New Beginnings

By Paul Alberts

This month’s Feature articles focus on “the fear of the Lord.” Like the new year we are entering, this subject is also related to beginnings. Scripture says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of both “knowledge” and “wisdom” (Prov. 1:7, 9:10 NASB). Thinking about these two qualities, we realize that they are desired by the world. To know more, science “researches” and the news media “investigates.” Individuals follow much the same path, driven by an appetite for knowledge.

Wisdom can be defined as applying knowledge in a sound way. Sometimes we find ourselves with a problem and know many details, but in frustration we conclude, “We don’t know what to do!” By contrast, wisdom knows the right course of action. How nice it would be if we always knew how to act or react in situations. Family matters, work issues, community problems and any number of other things may weigh on our minds. We seek and need wisdom.

True knowledge and wisdom do not come naturally or through worldly means. They are only found in the fear of the Lord. For that reason it is important for us to understand and be immersed in the fear of the Lord. Ultimately, knowledge and wisdom are only found in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not something to take lightly, as King Solomon wrote: “Fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7).

Do you desire this knowledge and wisdom? The answer is easy: Fear the Lord! Recognize that you are a sinner in need of the salvation offered by God through Jesus Christ (Lk. 23:39-43). Believe on Him and confess Him as Lord (Acts 16:31, Rom. 10:9-11). Live in obedience to Him and for His honor and glory, while confessing your failures and sin (Jn. 15:10; 1 Cor. 10:31; 1 Jn. 1:9).

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