By Pastor Dr. Ronnie W. Wolfe
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do [his commandments]: his praise endureth for ever.
We shall not gain knowledge and wisdom merely by memorizing scriptures or filling our minds with knowledge of the Bible. Knowledge and wisdom must begin, as we read in the above verses, with the fear of the LORD. If we fear God, then we fear his commandments, which means that we take them very seriously.
We know of the seriousness of the commandments of God (his judgments) and also the repercussions or the results of disobeying His commandments. Many, and probably all, saints of God today do not take God's commandments seriously but take them "with a grain of salt" depending upon God's longsuffering and his forgiveness as excuse for our laxity of obedience, which, of course, is not scriptural nor beneficial but only foolish.
Let us fear both Him and His judgments that we may have true knowledge and wisdom, benefiting both ourselves and those with whom we have to do.