The Beginning of Wisdom
(Proverbs 4:7 NIV) “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
“Knowledge is horizontal, but wisdom is vertical - it comes down from above.” - Billy Graham
(Proverbs 26:12 NKJV) “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”
4 Types of People in Proverbs
1. The Simple.
(Proverbs 7:7 NIV) “I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense.”
“When you’re ﬁfteen, somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them.” - Taylor Swift
The Cure: Time
2. The Fool.
(Proverbs 10:23 NIV) “A fool ﬁnds pleasure in wicked schemes.”
(Proverbs 13:20 NIV) “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
The Cure: Tragedy
“Every tragedy has a lesson equal in signiﬁcance to its heartbreak.”
3. The Mocker.
(Proverbs 9:7-8 NIV) “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you.”
The Cure: God
4. The Wise.
(Proverbs 9:9 NIV) “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”
The wise are teachable.
The Fear of the Lord
(Proverbs 9:10 NIV) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
1. God is awesome.
(Psalm 33:8 NLT) “Let the whole world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of him.”
(Isaiah 40:28 NIV) “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”
2. God is holy.
(Psalm 99:5 NLT) “Exalt the LORD our God! Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!”
(Hebrews 12:28-29 NIV) “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming ﬁre.”
3. God is right.
(Psalm 19:7-11 NIV) “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”
Game Changer #1: When I understand what it means to fear God, I can live fearlessly.