The fear of the Lord and knowledge of God begins with seeking His wisdom. Hence Solomon encourages you to do this to receive it: cry out for insight, and raise your voice for understanding (vs. 3) and to seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures (vs. 4). Because the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding (vs. 6).
The pros of the fear of the Lord and His understanding:
- He is a shield to those who walk blamelessly (vs. 7)
- He guards the paths of justice (vs 8)
It will save you from the way of evil, from those who speak perversely (vs. 12)
You will be saved from the loosea woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, who’s way leads to death (vs. 16, 18)
Here’s the promise of the fear of the Lord and His wisdom and understanding:
- Therefore walk in the way of the good, and keep to the paths of the just:
- For the upright will abide in the land, and the innocent will remain in it; (vs. 21)
- but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it. (vs. 22)
What do you do to find this wisdom and understanding?
Read the Bible daily, either following the daily readings in the Book of Common Prayer, or reading four chapters daily: two in the morning and two in the evening and 30 – 60 minutes of personal prayer daily are the proactive steps to receive His wisdom and understanding.
These verses reflect the ongoing work of the Apostle Paul. Traveling from one city to another to encourage the Saints, preaching on the first day of the week, different co-laborers traveling with him and taking an offering to Jerusalem for the Saints there.
Ministry life is active, it involves travel and people, people are encouraged by the minister’s presence and money is involved.