Fear and Wisdom

“The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.”

Proverbs 19:8


King Solomon’s glory pales in comparison to it. Do you want to be wise? Do you run after wisdom? Here at my house this week, I feel like I’m running a marathon toward it.

This is my dining room table today:


I’m preparing to dive in.

Another homeschooling year is about to begin. The kids and I are starting from the beginning. We are searching for wisdom and knowledge on the pages of theses books, and many others.

But where does true wisdom come from?

Before I open the books, and start teaching my kids about ancient things, they need to hear this one:

Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”

All my reading and preparing and studying is in vain if I don’t have a foundation. Book knowledge is worthless without this strong foundation. The firm foundation is my heart’s attitude toward my Creator. Do I respect Him? Do I have a grasp of His greatness? If we believe the Word, we see that fearing the Lord is crucial to becoming wise.

It is my prayer that we will have a holy fear of the Lord. After we fear and respect Him, He lavishes us with the good gifts of wisdom that only He can give. He’s the only source.

Let me be clear, as believers we’re not to be afraid of our Father. Quite the opposite, we have a reverent respect for the Maker of the universe. The God who made us, sees us, and gives grace is to be respected. He is to be honored and worshipped. His name is meant to be lifted high and given glory.

Out of the knowledge of who He is, and the belief and acceptance of what He did, springs the “fear” and reverence of a soul, saved by grace.

Proverbs 9:10
“Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.”

I challenge you, my friends, along with myself, and my children, to be wiser than any book can ever teach us to be! Be spiritually wise, and  fear God. If we embrace this fear, wisdom will be close at hand!

Writing in answer to His call,

Hosanna Barton


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