READ : Ephesians 4:17-23
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,” and “To fear the Lord is to hate evil.” (Prov. 1:7 and 8:13 NIV)
How do you define a wise person? Someone who has a college degree? Who knows what’s going on in the world? Who speaks foreign languages? Who has the ability to make a lot of money?
These standards may be beside the point. Biblically speaking, a wise person is one who fears the Lord, who lives with awe and reverence toward God, and hates evil, avoiding it as one would a coiled snake. Teddy Roosevelt said educating a person without changing him morally only makes matters worse. An uneducated thief can only steal things from a store; an educated thief can steal the entire company. It can all be done seated at his computer.
Dostoyevsky wrote, “It’s not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them—the character, the heart.”
Life with God begins with repentance and faith in Jesus Christ; putting off the soiled clothes of sin and putting on the fresh clean goodness of Jesus (see Eph. 4:22, 24). Living for Jesus demands a daily repeating of the same. It is the only wise path to walk.
Are you wise? That’s another way of asking, “Do you fear God?”
Lord, convert my awe of you into a holy life. Amen.