Friday – May 31, 2024

1 Kings 4; Proverbs 1-2; Psalm 43; Romans 9

by Kelli Smith Simpkins

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

We live in an age where Google is both a noun and a verb, and we are incredibly dependent on it. Whether you want to know the phone number you forgot because it’s not stored in your phone or recall a fact you learned in history class, the answer is at your fingertips within seconds. Our access to knowledge is abundant, but our pursuit of wisdom often leaves much to be desired.

In Proverbs, Solomon, gifted with a discerning heart, shares his wisdom that it may aid us in our daily life. He makes it clear in chapter 1:7 that fear, or reverence, of the Lord is needed to gain true knowledge. You must have respect for his word, refrain from being a closed-minded know-it-all, and be open and teachable to obtain wisdom.

I have a colleague who, when faced with a problem, will look off to the side for a second and come back with a solution that always turns out to be the best possible option. He’s too humble to admit it, but he has been blessed with Solomon-like discernment thanks to his amazing prayer life and knowledge of God’s word. It didn’t happen by accident, but through the pursuit of knowledge driven by a reverence for the Lord.