10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through me your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”
Fear & wisdom. Two things that we might not think go together. If you don’t believe in God & eternity then I suppose verse 10 wouldn’t make sense at all. Ah, but consider the possibility that there is a God and then everything falls in place.
Every religion that believes in deities or gods acknowledge in higher powers and in beings that are above & beyond humanity and this creation but most religions humanise their pantheons and you’ll find gods that are every bit as human in the way they behave. Gosh, I wouldn’t want a God like Zeus or Hera; that’d be puh-retty disastrous for me as a person. To think that Hera could get jealous of something and strike me or affect the things around me negatively just cos’ she feels like it isn’t very comforting. Keh keh. But then isn’t that what some of us believe when it comes to our faith? The Chinese pantheon of gods is very similar to what the Greeks believed in and Hinduism too. Funny how we’ve exchanged the faces of these gods for new ones depending on the prevalent culture at hand. It’s something to think about.
Anyways, back to the topic at hand. I believe in a God that is good; and that He cares for this world we live in and especially so for us human beings. I believe that our circumstances both bad & good are the results of our own actions and that in everything both bad & good God can effect to good. I believe that by trusting Him and by fearing what He says in the Bible we can be better people and make a difference in this world for His glory not ours.
How would fearing God give you more wisdom you ask? Well, when you realise that you are accountable for your actions both seen & unseen then making decisions that are right becomes a much higher priority to you. You’d take more time to consider the options available and more importantly you’d begin to put things before God and to ask Him what He has to say about it. I believe that He may direct us in certain things but more often than not I am slowly beginning to see that God isn’t the bossy know it all who bosses us around because He has given us the great gift of choice & free-will. Like any good boss, I think God really wants us to be able to make good & wise decisions on our own too.
In closing, I suspect that life is training ground for eternity and our decisions are sorta like tests that we take to help us grow our character. A choice well made somehow glorifies God; because in choosing Him & His ways first we gain victory over the sinful nature that is in all of us.I hate talking about rewards but God does promise long years and long life for those who fear Him (I know, I know … some of us would much rather not be around because of our challenges but let’s stop thinking so negatively shall we?). I wanna see what life would be in the future cos’ I think things are good when we are right in our relationship with Him.
Fear & wisdom; two seemingly unrelated things that actually go hand in hand to make life better.