The source of smarts
What is the best way to gain knowledge? Is it in a book? "The reading rainbow..." (if you don't know, you don't know, and that's sad). But really, how does one get smarter? Is it through a degree? Reading more? Instead of binging Netflix, should you binge educational videos? How do we gain knowledge? What is the foundation on which we can grow in our understanding?
Most of us would say it is found in training, school, university, on-the-job experience, etc... But what if, before all those things, there is a foundation that one must attain?
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. - Proverbs 1:7
You likely read that, and for many, the word "fear" immediately gives them an uncomfortable feeling. People talk about 'Jesus loves you,' God is a God of grace, compassion, forgiveness, etc... So, why then are we told to 'fear' the Lord? First, it is important to properly understand the word "fear" in the original text. yir-a(h). Has a much more detailed definition than terror alone; yes, there is a proper fear of God, the almighty creator of the universe, all-powerful and all-knowing. That is something that should bring us some version of fear/terror but not in an unhealthy way but leading to a more full understanding of the word. It should bring us to the awe of God. Proper respect and reverence for who He is.
And through this section of scripture what we are told is when you first start with the foundation of fear (reverence and awe), you are then able to truly build a life of knowledge.
So, do you fear the Lord?
Do you see God for who He is according to the Scriptures? Because if you do, I genuinely believe that then your actions and understanding will drastically change. Maybe the most significant thing you can do is begin to fear God appropriately. Be in awe of the creator carrying so deeply about His creation that He knows you and calls you His son and His daughter.