Proverbs 1: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Meditation for the Day

Ben Peddicord

Proverbs 1:7

In opening the book of Proverbs, as it is with every book, it is important to first understand the context and purpose of the book. The first chapter of Proverbs does well to lay out what this book has to offer. This is a book of wisdom. We quickly learn that along with many others, Solomon, David’s son, is the author of this chapter and that his intent is to share wisdom and give guidance for living.  Wisdom is something we need for good living but also to best honor God, serve one another, and be a useful part of a biblical church body. Scripture often remarks on the importance of wisdom as we see Paul writing to the church at Colossae in Colossians 1:9-10 “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” James also talks about turning to the Lord in prayer in order to gain wisdom in James 1:5.

The verse that stands as the foundation for this chapter and ultimately for so much of scripture is verse 7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” To truly attain wisdom, you must start with a right understanding of who God is, and where we stand. Having a right, reverent view of God is paramount for growing in grace and knowledge, and without biblical fear of the Lord, we eventually only come to despise wisdom and instruction. But what does a biblical fear of the Lord look like? We see examples throughout scripture of a healthy fear of the Lord like Noah (Heb 11:7) Job (job 1:1) and Abraham (Gen 22) all responding to God with reverential awe. There are also examples of people not having a right fear of the Lord with tragic consequences. (2 Kings 17:25, 2 Sam 6:6). The best example we have of a right fear of the Lord is Jesus. In Isaiah 11, the prophesy speaks of Jesus and how “his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.” As followers of Jesus Christ, our lives should reflect that same reverential awe as we are being conformed to the image of the Son. (Rom 8:28-30) In what ways are you growing in your fear of the Lord? List a few ways a biblical fear of the Lord impacts how you interact with believers and non-believers.

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