“True Wisdom” ( Proverbs 9:10, KNOX ) by Carley Evans


“True wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord; he best discerns, who has knowledge of holy things.”

Foolishness
Foolishness (Photo credit: WaveCult (luis.m.justino))

True wisdom is founded on the fear of the Lord; who but a fool would despise such wisdom, and the lessons she teaches? Heed well, my son, thy father’s warnings, nor make light of thy mother’s teaching; no richer heirloom, crown or necklace, can be thine. 10 Turn a deaf ear, my son, to the blandishments of evil-doers that would make thee of their company. 11 There are lives to be had for the ambushing, the lives of unsuspecting folk whose uprightness shall little avail them; 12 there are fortunes to be swallowed up whole, as a man is swallowed up by death when he goes to his grave. 13 No lack of treasures here, they say, rich plunder that shall find its way into our houses; 14 thou hast but to throw in thy lot with us; every man shares alike. 15 Such errands, my son, are not for thee; never stir a foot in their company; 16 thou knowest well how eager they are for mischief, how greedy for blood, 17 and the snare is laid to no purpose if the bird is watching. 18 What do they, but compass their own ruin, plot against their own lives? 19 Such is ever the end of greed; he who cherishes it must fall by it at last. (Proverbs 1: 7-19)

The opposite of true wisdom, without a doubt, is foolishness. And foolishness leads, apparently, to greed. The cherishing of money is, indeed, the root of all evils. Foolishness results in chasing after people who say “throw in with us; you’ll never lack. We’ll share our wealth with you.” The foolish one fails to see how “eager they are for mischief, how greedy for blood.” When he keeps their company, he invariably sets himself up for a fall.

On the other hand, true wisdom is the fear of the Lord and “knowledge of holy things.” What is knowledge of holy things? Some would say it’s avoidance of the world. Some might say it’s keeping in the Word of God and in the company of the saints. Avoiding the world is the wrong approach to true wisdom. Rather, lean not on your own understanding. Rely on God’s understanding. How? By keeping in His Word. True wisdom is understanding that with God, life is always better than it is without Him.

“That Dread Of The Lord” ( Psalm 103: 17, WYC ) by Carley Evans


English: Fear The Lord The left hand of the tw...
English: Fear The Lord The left hand of the two similarly carved stones either side of the west entrance to St Leonard’s Church. 32432 “Fear the Lord your God and serve Him. Hold fast to Him and take your oaths in His name.” Deuteronomy 10:20 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seems such a paradox that we should expect and obtain mercy from a God we dread.

“But the mercy of the Lord is from without beginning, and till into without end; on men dreading him.”

Our fear of the Lord might consume us if we did not know He desires mercy rather than judgment. We might still be hiding ourselves from His sight if not for His own sacrifice, so that we might approach His throne of grace where He always lives to intercede for us.

“And his rightfulness is into the sons of sons; (But the Lord’s love is without beginning, and without end; for those who fear him/for those who revere him. And his righteousness shall never fail the children of their children,) to them that keep his testament. And be mindful of his commandments; to do those. (yea, they who keep his covenant; and who remember his commandments, and who do them.)” (Psalm 103: 17-18)

That dread of the Lord makes my heart leap into my throat and my stomach drop into my bowel. My fear of being separated from Him for all eternity keeps me shaking and quaking when I read His Word: “be mindful of [My] commandments; to do those.” No way I can honestly say to Him, “Oh yes Lord, I keep all Your commandments.”

I look to the cross. I kneel at the throne of grace. I rely on Him, always. Otherwise, I’m stuck in that dread of the Lord.

“Come To The Light” (Joshua 24: 15, ESV) by Carley Evans


Joshua tells the people to “fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness.” (Joshua 24: 14) Then he suggests that it might be “evil in [their] eyes to serve the Lord.” He tells them to “choose this day whom [they] will serve, whether the gods [their] fathers served…or the gods…in whose land [they] dwell.” Joshua tells them, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’

Jesus warns us to consider a task carefully before we undertake it, to make certain we have the wherewithal to complete it, to see it through to the end. “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9: 62)

Joshua warns the people as well, reminding them that the Lord “is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive [their] transgressions or [their] sins.” Joshua says to them, “If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.” (Joshua 24: 19, 20)

The people swear, “The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey.” (Joshua 24: 24)

A stone became the witness “against [them], for it heard all the words of the Lord that He spoke to [them]. Therefore it became a witness against [them], lest [they] deal falsely with [their] God. So Joshua sent the people away, each man to his inheritance.” (Joshua 24: 27, 28)

We serve a holy God, a jealous God. He gives none of His glory to another, nor should He. Joshua reminds us to serve God in sincerity and faithfulness. To be sincere is to be candid, direct, earnest, frank, genuine, guileless, heartfelt, honest, open, real, serious, simple, and wholehearted. To be faithful is to be constant, dependable, devoted, dutiful, honest, loyal, reliable, steadfast and trustworthy.

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the Light and does not come to the Light, lest his works be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the Light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3: 17 – 21)