Make a mistake in today’s Western society and the consequences may very well haunt us for the rest of our lives. On the one hand we are encouraged to live and let live by our modern hedonistic, self-serving culture, but ‘cross the line’ and transgress and it will become evident very quick that mercy is in short supply. There is nothing new under the Sun; today we are policed through the use of powerful technology and massive databases recording every move we make, in earlier times what they lacked in the micro chip department, they made up for in the community by word-of-mouth communication.
To save us from becoming ship-wrecked in the first place, the Lord God has provided us with the antidote – Wisdom. Take for example the first few verses of Proverbs Chapter 1.
Pro 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
Pro 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
Pro 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgement, and equity;
Pro 1:4 To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
Pro 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
Pro 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
The question we each need to ask ourselves before proceeding any further through the day is – “do I have a heart for wisdom?” If so then we must embrace the “Fear of the Lord” as our best friend.
Once more the writer of Proverbs comes to our help in the very next verse to what he has written above.
Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.