Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Christian: Proverbs 1:7 (Day 5)

 Josiah Espinoza | June 14th, 2019 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverbs 1:7

“the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”- Oh how greatly the fear of the Lord is needed! How terrible it is that even the church loses sight of this great truth. Tremble before his terrible wrath and quake before his just judgements. The fear of God established in our hearts is the beginning of knowledge. If you know God’s holiness and you fear his righteous indignation toward those who act contrary to his nature, then that knowledge strikes your heart with such fear that you obey, lest you fall under his wrath. It can be compared to how my children relate to me. They know that if they do not obey me then discipline is coming and it can come in different forms, but nevertheless their disobedience acquires my discipline. So it is with the rebel sinner. If they do not fear God, then they will be given over to their own knowledge, but they are fools, so the knowledge they have leads them in a path of personal destruction and death. We see it all around; the fear of God is nowhere to be found. Even the church fails to portray this proverb to the world! And so we see the effects of such rebellion. Sexual deviancy running rampant, gender confusion, abortion of babies in the tens of millions, sexual assault, rape, murder, injustice, no mercy, no kindness, good is called evil and evil is called good and foolish philosophies that claim to have all the appropriate answers to societies atrocities. Start with the fear of the Lord! But the fool does not give heed to this wise council.

” We see it all around; the fear of God is nowhere to be found. Even the church fails to portray this proverb to the world! “

“fools despise wisdom and instruction”- Every generation has become more and more corrupt because they do not have parents that will instruct their children in the fear of the Lord. Parents despise wisdom and instruction, they have no fear of God before their eyes and in their rebellion they train their children to become twice a child of the devil then they were. Secularism has become the social religion. Self-indulgence and instant gratification are the pursuit of the hearts of all who dwell on this earth. They sacrifice their lives for material possession and for the accumulation of wealth and power. Vain! Foolish and vain pursuit! Fear God! Quake before his majesty and glory. Fall down before him as one who is dead, because you are dead in your sin and depravity. Oh God, may your wrath and judgement come swiftly to break the hearts and minds of the fools. Grant that your people be courageous so that your people may call the wicked to fear the Lord.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Romans 1:18-23

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