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The Beginning Of Wisdom

Humans are prone to prideful thinking; thinking we can do everything on our own. With this attitude we put ourselves and our own knowledge first, and any one’s advice or correction just bounces off our thick heads. However, Proverbs shows us that wisdom does not come from us but is given to us by God.

Proverbs 1:7 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” In this verse fear is used in the context of reverence and respect to God. Essentially this is saying that revering God and humbling yourself before Him are the first steps to gaining wisdom. The book of Proverbs teaches that to start on the path to wisdom, you have to step aside and realize that God should be the center of your life.
This is counter to everything culture might show us where we are taught to gain everything by ourselves and for ourselves.

Proverbs 3:7-8 emphasizes this by promising “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” It tells us to not be “wise in your own eyes” or think highly of yourself, but to instead put God in the center of your universe and realize that His knowledge and wisdom are perfect and needed in our lives.

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