There is a lot of preaching about what we are to "GO AFTER" and get in the Christian life.
Some groups would say that we need to get healing over everything.
Some groups would say that we need to get riches and prosperity over everything.
Some groups would say that we need to get Bible knowledge over everything.
Some groups would say that we need to get Christian disciplines over everything.
Some groups would say that we need to get Church attendance over everything.
All of these have a place in the Christian life but they are not the key things that we are to seek after. In fact, many are a result or by-product of seeking the right things.
We need to seek the KNOWLEDGE of God and His ways:
Hosea 4:6 ESV My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
We need to seek the WISDOM of God and His ways:
Proverbs 4:5-7 ESV Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. (6) Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. (7) The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.
We need to seek the FEAR of God and His ways:
Psalms 111:10 ESV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
WARNING: We can become so well-adjusted to our culture that we just FIT into it without realizing that we have become worldly. We are to fix or set our attention on God. Doing this will cause us to be changed from the inside out.
We will then readily recognize what HE wants from us, and we will be in a position to quickly respond to it. If we are fixed on the culture and society around us we will need to get its permission to do God's will because it will always be dragging us down to its level of immorality and darkness. Only a life committed to the will and ways of God will bring the best out of us and develop well-formed true maturity in us.
The WORDS we hear, receive and speak are tied to life or death.
The WORDS we hear, receive and are tied to us receiving or not receiving wisdom.
Proverbs 4:3-4 ESV When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, (4) he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.
Proverbs 4:5-9 ESV Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. (6) Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. (7) The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. (8) Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. (9) She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”
Proverbs 4:10 ESV Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many.
in Prov.4:3-10 we see how life and wisdom are both intertwined with WORDS. In this case we are speaking about the Word of God and His commands.
Get wisdom, Get the Word, and Get understanding, and don't forsake it. The Word of God is the way for us to get wisdom and understanding.
We live in a day when Christians go after many things with a passion. Many live for their next religious experience, or anointing, or healing, or etc. etc. etc. I am not saying these things are wrong in themselves, but the Word tells us what to seek first before we seek after gifts, anointings, or other spiritual experiences. We are to seek to get wisdom and with all our getting or seeking we should go after understanding or insight. (See Pro. 4:7).
When we get wisdom and understanding we will have the reward that goes with them (See Pro. 4:8-10).
Definition of "The Fear of God" (See Parts 1-2)
Reward #1 is "Riches, Honor, and Life" (See Part 3)
Reward #2 is "Turning from evil" (See Part 4)
REWARD #3 Wisdom and Knowledge
Proverbs 1:7 ESV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 9:10 ESV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.