Think about your favorite athlete. He or she is intentional about exercising, eating right, and working on improving his or her skills every single day. Slacking in just one of those areas would mean something would suffer. The book of Proverbs is filled with wise advice to help us reflect a life that is based on God’s Word. We must be as intentional in our efforts to learn and do what God’s Word says as the best athlete, or we can end up making foolish choices like King Solomon.
Read, learn and apply God’s wisdom in every area of your life every day.
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Fearing the Lord involves both respect and reverence. Our respect leads us to serve God faithfully, and our reverence gives us an awe of God’s greatness. Fearing the Lord is the first step in gaining knowledge of Him (Proverbs 1:7). Learning about the Lord and experiencing His presence guides us on our acquisition of wisdom.
The foundation for wise living is fearing the Lord. With respect and reverence incorporated into our daily lives, we are led to make decisions based on God’s Word and His approval alone. Daily wisdom also leads us to recognize God for who He is, be continually aware of His presence, and obey Him with a sincere commitment.
Because living wisely, according to God’s Word, is such a countercultural concept, we must encourage our students and remind them that God provides wisdom through His Son Jesus (1Corinthians 1:30). We must emphasize that learning is worthless unless it is built upon the knowledge of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10). We must take every opportunity to remind our students that our example of wise living can lead others to the Lord.
We know because of Solomon’s example that a strong beginning does not mean a strong finish. May we always remember that God sees and evaluates all our decisions. We answer to Him. God’s wisdom in our daily lives gives us an excellent basis to live well and finish strong.