It is interesting and thought-provoking to look for the words associated with wisdom: pleasant knowledge, discretion, understanding, salvation from stupidity. Stupidity is the adulteress, for stupidity is based on adulterated knowledge. The Devil blinds us to the true state of things.
Solomon has set the tone with words that he most likely heard from his own dad, King David, that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.
But what is wisdom? How do we get it?
Solomon takes his own son, and us, by the shoulder and pointedly explains.
“For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;”
So we are exhorted to treasure up God’s commands, receive His words, attend to wisdom and incline our hearts to understanding.
And more, we are to CALL OUT for insight, RAISE OUR VOICES for understanding.
We are to SEEK WISDOM LIKE TREASURE!
That’s how to begin with wisdom, the kernel at the start, the fear of the Lord.
How do we know the fear of the Lord? Seek His wisdom! Listen to what He tells us! Obey His commands, and deeper, obey because they are written on our hearts, walk in His ways because we have treasured up God’s commands in our hearts.
It’s a related rolling sphere of logic. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. How do we understand the fear of the Lord? We seek His wisdom. Where can we find His wisdom? In His word, His commands, setting them in our hearts. And when we seek His wisdom, when we call out for insight, THEN we will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
And in a way, these are all the same thing. At whichever point you jump in, it is all about the Lord. HIS word. HIS wisdom. Holy and reverent fear of HIM.
In the same way, it all points to Jesus.
John 1 tells us that Jesus is God’s WORD become flesh.
If we want to find God’s wisdom, look to Jesus.
If we want to understand the fear of the Lord, look to Jesus.
As well, Paul tells us in 1 Cor 1 that Jesus IS the wisdom of God (v24).
LOOK TO JESUS!