October 2013: Proverbs 9

What shall we say then, brethren? If the calendar be against us, who shall be for us? I am persuaded that few free bloggers can blog as much as they wish, nor as well as they want. And frequently, life and death, trouble and ease, work and play shall separate them from the writing of blogs…

Unknown Goober Looking for an Excuse for His Neglected blog.

Now that we have that quote out of the way,

 

Proverbs 9 carries the theme of seeking wisdom. This is a great theme. Wisdom is shown as providing substance and support. All-in-all, one who reads this and does not want wisdom is clearly not right.

 

Proverbs 9:10 is our one focal verse for the day. The fear of YHWH is the beginning of wisdom. Think on that for a moment: the fear of YHWH.

 

This requires:

 

First, a knowledge of the covenant God of Israel. Not a vague semi-theistic worldview but knowing enough about the One True God to fear Him.

 

Second, a humility that there is someone greater than you are. Namely, the aforementioned YHWH.

 

Third, a willingness to go forward in learning, guided by YHWH and His nature.

 

From there, you go to wisdom. You can get smart a million ways, but wisdom comes in this one.

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