The Beginning – Part 5 “Wisdom Beginnings” by Rev. Cheryl Birch
This morning I woke up quoting this verse: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
This verse has been on my heart all morning and it is not abating. I strongly believe it is a word that we must all grab onto in these tumultuous times in our nation and the world. It would be easy to launch out of my own heart on this one as there is so much evidence we, the body of Christ, are NOT walking in much wisdom these days. However, my style when the Lord gives me a verse, especially one I wake up with, is to meditate on it for a time and find all the places in the word of God where something similar is said. That way I can get a clearer picture and more full understanding of what Holy Spirit is trying to tell me.
Here is what I found:
And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’” Job 28:28
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. Psalm 111:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility. Proverbs 15:33
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2
These verses became personal as I allowed the words of the Lord to penetrate. They sent me a completely different direction. Instead of looking outward at what is happening around me, I realized I needed to ask Holy Spirit for these “Wisdom Beginnings” for ME. Of course, the greater body of Christ needs wisdom too, but this time it was a message the Lord was giving me first. I needed the reminder. From that revelation came the heart of the message the Lord is asking me to share today. When we receive a word, or a scripture is highlighted by Holy Spirit, where do our thoughts on it go first? And, do we ever consider that where we are applying the scripture is not fully what the Lord is trying to tell us? It matters not in this question of the moment whether we tend to turn the scripture outward to the church, or the world, or inward to our own lives. Very simply, whichever way we have applied the scripture, is that the fullness of what God is saying to us or have we missed it?
Scripture is a very powerful thing! The good news is no matter where we wholeheartedly apply it, there will be results. It will always create a new beginning. Yes, every time you receive a scripture, grab it, and apply it something new is started! It is a seed that can grow, mature and bear fruit. However, when it was given to us or highlighted for a specific purpose and we miss that purpose, the magnificence of what Father God wanted us to experience with Him is delayed. A grand powerful new beginning, a launching into a new season, freedom from what has bound us or others, deep intercession for a city or region of the world, can be delayed and even missed. Why? Because we are living in presumption and not living our lives in the fear of the Lord.
So, does that mean we are to be shaking in our boots before a punishing condemning God and not doing anything until we are totally sure or He will strike us with lightning? No, absolutely not! He is the author of grace and mercy. He is love itself. Instead, look at it this way: The fear of the Lord means we honor Him above all things, we love Him so much and want to be like Him so much that we take time to sit with Him, listen to Him, yield to Him, and that we desire only what He desires. It also means we take the time to ask Him to explain to us what His word means and where to apply it rather than assuming. There is no fear of the Lord in assumption and presuming. It is all driven by our own heart and thoughts and concerns.
What I needed personally was a reminder to take time and consider all applications of the scripture I woke up with this morning. I needed a personal wisdom beginning through honoring Him so that I could gain supernatural understanding through His counsel and might. That led to turning away from the evil of assumption and presumption and toward God’s heart and mind and plans. It is the sitting with the Lord for a time and asking Him to quicken His Word that makes the difference. Once we do that and express our willingness to do things His way, He WILL give us what we need!
Then as it says in Isaiah 33:6 “Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the Lord is His treasure.” There is a treasure house of wisdom and knowledge available to us every day in every situation and it is found in the heavenly treasure chest marked “The Fear of the Lord.” Each nugget found there can launch us into something gloriously new in Him and in our lives. When we become new, everything around us begins to change and reflects His goodness.
On another occasion I may be launched into immediate deep intercession for the body of Christ. But, today, my prayer is that the word of the Lord would change me, that I would honor Him more, and gain the wisdom and knowledge I need to represent Him well. And to obey Him by sharing my findings with all of you. Yes, Lord, give us all “wisdom beginnings” I pray, in Jesus Holy Name!
With much love and joy to you,