‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…’ (Proverbs 9:10)
What is wisdom and how do we ‘measure’ it? Does our IQ and intelligence have any bearing on how wise we are? What about cognitive reasoning and our ability to assess and understand specific situations? What is it that makes us wise? Well, according to Proverbs the best place to start is fear of the Lord. However, it’s worth noting that in this context the fear spoken of isn’t something that terrifies us, something that we are truly afraid of. Here the word for fear is more akin to reverence. If we revere the Lord, if we look to Him and seek to follow Him – that is the beginning of wisdom.