Bible Study

The beginning of wisdom

June 18, 2017

Every week or two, I gather with a handful of other women in my community for what we jokingly call a “Fight Club”. Together, we fight sin. We fight to believe the Gospel and we fight for one another. Recently, we decided to fight through the book of Proverbs together. All of us are in various transitional life stages, and needed to study a book of the Bible that could be read in small pieces. Tonight, I was able to begin my reading through the famous book of wisdom.

When it comes to knowledge, some of us are painfully insecure about the things we don’t know. Others may tend to overestimate their own intellect. But Godly wisdom is the great equalizer of women. You might be genetically predisposed to classroom intellect, but Godly wisdom is not inborn genius. It is the mind and heart of God revealed to His people. Apart from receiving God’s instruction, none of us can understand a thing about ethics, the meaning of life or the source of all joy.

Compared to God; all of us start out pretty foolish. So in His mercy, God provides instruction in wisdom from His inspired word. This education lifts us out of our folly and gives us insight into the mind of the One who personally forged the brain of every living being that has ever existed and ever will exist.

To the woman who has no confidence in her mental abilities; be encouraged. Anyone who fears God and pays careful attention to His instruction can grow in Godly wisdom and flourish in knowledge.

To the woman who is overconfident in her intellect; be humbled. A PhD candidate can still be a fool before God.

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth- Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:1-7 (ESV)

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