The Instruction of Wisdom
“The fear of the Lord IS THE instruction of wisdom;
and before honour is humility.”
Let the power and substance of this verse sink deeply into the very core of our being. “The fear of the Lord IS THE instruction…” His fear in our lives is what teaches us the true wisdom of His ways. It is in knowing “the fear of the Lord” where access is given to the “hidden wisdom” of His ways. Without the fear of the Lord, there is a limitation in understanding the wonders of His Covenant or the mysteries of His righteousness.
“The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him;
and He will shew them his covenant”
The fear of the Lord is His way of instructing us and keeping us free from the snares of man’s methods, ways, and teachings. It is His way of preserving us from the “wisdom of this world” and the folly of the religious ways of men.
It is the fear of the Lord that causes us to walk circumspectly and to consider our words, our thoughts, and the motives of our hearts. Without this hidden operation of touching His Holiness there is a dimming of the wisdom, understanding and spiritual discernment of our God. The religious ethos of any generation in which the fear of the Lord is lacking will be revealed in the lawlessness of “every man doing that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6).
“But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.”
This is not the description of those without, it is a warning to those within!
“they feast with you without fear“
Wherever grace is promoted at the expense of righteousness hypocrisy and worldliness will flourish.
Can we not hear the crying out of wisdom unto all who would be instructed in the way of the Lord? His way is the way of life and it is in our knowing the “fear of the Lord” wherein we are instructed to abide within the walls of His salvation.
“Come, ye children, hearken unto me:
I will teach you the fear of the Lord”