When looking at this world today and the young people that are in it, one does not need to look far to see that there is a lack of wisdom. Not only in the young people that are in the world but those that are in the Church as well! This is quite sad to see the young people of today getting tossed to and fro from the beliefs and standards of this world. It is not easy to find wisdom when, even in our churches today, there is a lack of wisdom in those who are leaders in the church. Wisdom is a huge commodity in the Christian life. How might one obtain a commodity such as wisdom?
In the word of God we see that it's actually quite a simple thing to obtain. In Proverbs the wise man, Solomon, said it this way “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but the fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Pro 1:7)” The reason a lot of young people are finding it difficult to obtain wisdom is because they fail to fear the Lord the way they ought to. It's kind of hard to do so when we live in a world that encourages us to live in the moment. Not only that, but we live in a nation that does not hold highly the Word of God. These cause a lot of young people to give into the lust of the flesh which will lead to nothing but destruction.
When the Word of God says “The fear of God” it is not referring to being terrified or scared to have a relationship with Him. The word fear means to have reverence. When we, as believers, have a reverence for the things of God then we will obtain knowledge (understanding). We will never earn understanding if we are not holding God’s Word over the knowledge of the world. One must forfeit the understanding of this world to have the understanding of the Word of God. Our flesh will tend to lean to the understanding of this world, but we need to be in the Word of God in order to have the knowledge of His Word. It's more than just listening to the Word being preached; a young believer must give time for the study of the Word of God.
In the second part of this verse, we see that there is a contrast between obtaining wisdom and forfeiting wisdom. The foolish person will completely despise (disrespect) wisdom (skillfulness) and instruction (chastisement). There will be many people out in the world that will completely disrespect the stance of a young believer holding onto the Word of God. This is why it is of upmost importance that a young believer surrounds themselves with fellow believers, so that they do not put themselves in a place of compromise or discouragement. The way to have true wisdom is to have reverence for the things of God. Then, you will have the understatement (knowledge) to apply the skills (wisdom) of the Word of God to your life.
It is easier said than done to obtain this wisdom, yet it is something that is really rewarding once it is obtained. Wisdom is something that needs to be maintained as well. Once we allow the fear of God to diminish in our lives, then we are slowly giving up the wisdom that we worked so hard to obtain. As young believers it is required of us to hold the Word of God in a high regard. As soon as a believer starts going back to the indoctrination of this world they will forfeit their knowledge and wisdom to the destruction of this world. Know that it's up to you, believer. Are you going to strive for the knowledge and wisdom of the Word of God, or surrender to the knowledge and wisdom of this world?
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
Rose Hill Baptist Church
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