If The Fear Of The Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom, Then What Is The Maturity of Wisdom?

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   5/11/2011

The fear of the Lord can be a stumbling block to both believers and unbelievers.  Both can lose interest in God if they think that God is only interested in obedience to his rules without caring about our personal lives and the paths we take. 

But that is not the God we serve.  The fear of the Lord is just the beginning of wisdom. Here are three stages of the wisdom of the Lord from what I have found in scripture.

The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord (Psalm 111:10), which is to realize that he is in complete control and nothing is hidden from him. (Hebrews 4:13)  Without this, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), but God is about much more than this.  If this is all we know about God, we are missing out because this is just the beginning – the top of the iceberg.  Under this is a great wealth of knowledge about the person of God, in which the more we uncover the more that is revealed and the greater a treasure we find.  

The middle of wisdom is when we learn about what he has done for us (Romans 5:8) to be reconciled with him and that he has a personal plan (Jeremiah 29:11) for each one of us.  We learn that his desire is for each of us to have an intimate relationship with him, in which we are in constant contact (Ephesians 6:18) with him as we discuss our daily situations with him and he helps direct our paths.  This understanding leads us to delight in his commands (Psalm 112:1) as we learn more and more about his good intentions to benefit us and reward us.

The maturity of wisdom is to embrace our new life, as members of his kingdom and realize that we are here as ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20) has he is making his appeal through us. To do this we need to live by faith, trusting him so much that we give our lives away serving him, in the knowledge of how quickly our lives are passing by (2 Corinthians 4:16) and how permanent his kingdom is (Jeremiah 10:10).

The Christian life is to grow day by day and to come to the full maturity of wisdom in our Lord.  Consider this process when you talk with others about their faith and help lead them to the maturity of wisdom.

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