Devotion – Proverbs 1

S – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline. 

Proverbs 1:7 CSB

O – Commentary:  The main theme of Proverbs can be summed up in just ten words that appear near the beginning of the book: “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge” (1:7). Fear implies respect, awe, and (at times) knee-knocking terror. It also acknowledges that everything, including knowledge and wisdom, comes from total dependence on God. The fear of the Lord leads people toward humility and away from pride

Fear of the Lord recognizes God’s central place in the order of the world. God is the Creator and Master of all things. This is why Ps 14:1 labels those who reject God as “fools.” Those who fear the Lord receive wisdom because they begin to understand that everything is under God’s rule and in his service. This is more than just an attitude; it is a way of living that takes into account God’s power and authority and our ultimate accountability to him.

Wisdom is closely connected with a proper relationship with God—both require choices in line with God’s character.

New Living Translation Study Bible

A – Proverbs brings out these three qualities – knowledge, wisdom and discipline.  I need all three in my life daily.  The struggle to walk with God is real.  I must have reverence for God to walk with Him. I must walk in humility, not in pride, to walk in his character.  I can walk in his power and authority when I display these qualities because I can be trusted.  

R – Lord, help me to do this today.