The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Prov 1:7 NKJV)
Some Christians are knowledge junkies.Â Maybe itâ€™s because we place such an emphasis on things like knowing the Bible.Â Sometimes knowledge is kind of fun.Â Itâ€™s great to discover new truths.Â Itâ€™s also nice to be confident of the truth.Â But knowledge also has its problems.Â Paul tells us that â€œknowledge puffs upâ€ (1 Cor 8:1b).Â If weâ€™re not careful, knowledge can become a weapon, a way we hold power or authority over people.Â Our attitude can become, â€œI can tell you what to do because I know more than youâ€.
Now if weâ€™re going to put together a â€œwhoâ€™s whoâ€ of smart guys, I imagine Solomon would be towards the top of anyoneâ€™s list.Â Solomon was a true â€œrenaissance manâ€ nearly 2300 years before there was a Renaissance.Â He studied biology, architecture, agriculture, philosophy, poetry, and music.Â But Solomon found that the pursuit of knowledge itself was nothing but vanity, a waste of time (Eccl. 1:16-18).Â
Solomon wrote that learning the fear of God was where true knowledge begins.Â What does it mean to â€œfear Godâ€?Â It means to reverence God.Â It involves the realization of how small I am and how BIG God is.Â Itâ€™s knowing that God is the one who controls whether I wind up in heaven or in hell.Â It involves me realizing that every breath I take I owe to Godâ€™s work in my life.Â Itâ€™s taking Godâ€™s requirements for me seriously.Â Itâ€™s making my intimacy with God my first priority.Â Itâ€™s not placing a priority on how much I know, but on how well I know Him.Â Thatâ€™s what â€œsmartâ€ is all about.