Matthew 1; Exodus 20:1-21:36; Proverbs 9
Do you know people that are highly intelligent but they have no common sense? The “absent-minded professor” is almost a cliché in movies and literature. There are many people in life who are like that, though. They may be intelligent in math, science or even the arts, but they just don’t understand how live itself works. They make awkward social mistakes and sometimes make themselves look foolish and don’t even know it! We laugh inwardly at their social errors and hope they don’t end up embarrassing us.
There are a lot of smart fools running around in the world today. Many of them are so intelligent that they think they can live without God. As smart as they are, they often miss the obvious because of their prejudice against anything to do with God. Solomon has a reminder for these people: “”The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Wisdom is more than intelligence. Wisdom is the knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment. It involves acting on what is true and right. It is understanding things the way God understands them which is only possible when we have enough respect for Him to seek Him and His guidance. True wisdom doesn’t act alone seeking to puff up the person trying to stroke their own ego. True wisdom acts in concert with God to seek the right outcome in all things.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but it isn’t the end. We continually grow in wisdom as we seek God’s Hand in all we do. We grow in wisdom as we seek God’s presence and guidance in our life on a daily basis. We grow in wisdom and understanding as we seek to know God and His ways and then reflect God’s ways to others. If all that we do leads us and others to God we are on the path of true wisdom.