The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 KJV.

Fear used in this context means reverence for God. Honor, respect, obedience to God’s Word and instructions.

Wisdom comes from God and it’s by listening to the Word of God, reading to show ourselves approved and obeying him that we are endowed with wisdom and understanding.

The same verse said, fools despise wisdom and instructions.

Ps 14:1 says, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good”.

The same verse was repeated in Ps 53:1.

So the Word of God describes anyone who does not acknowledge God’s existence and reverence him, as a fool.

This is true, seeing the majesty of God through the beauty of his creation and not acknowledging him or giving him his due honor and respect, a lot of us were in that position when we did not know the Lord, until we came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Without the gift of salvation we will not know God’s love, forgiveness and grace.

We are encouraged to ask God for wisdom.

James said, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”. James 1:5 KJV.

God gives wisdom freely without rebuke or reproach.

Prov. 2:6 says, “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding”.

May we see and acknowledge God even in the list of things around us. He is a great and mighty God.


Our heavenly father, today we come to you in all sincerity asking for wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

Help us to acknowledge you in all we do, give us wisdom to make the right decisions always to the glory of your mighty name.

Help us to have reverential fear for you and your Holy Word, our father and God.

Thank you father for answered prayers in Jesus mighty name. Amen!