The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
Today’s passage reminds me of my conversation with my officemates over lunch this afternoon. I was sort of complaining to them how disappointed I am with people who have doctorate degrees yet seemingly look ignorant because the answers they offer to simple questions are often technical and complicated. I was actually referring to people who always tend to follow the scientific method and use sophisticated mathematical equations in order to come up with concrete solutions to this country’s problem when all we need is just really take the first step to make an action.
Going back to my main point, I realized that human knowledge can be very frustrating most of the time especially if it’s not translated into action and become wisdom.
This truth also applies to our life.
When life seems to fall apart, we tend to fix it by offering several complicated solutions. Proverbs 1 reminds me of the truth that the answer to life’s problems is simple:
Fear God, the author of all knowledge and wisdom. Everything starts from there.
Once we make that first simple step, He will give us the knowledge we need to enable us to navigate life with ease as promised in verse 33:
But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.