The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Have you ever seen a house with cracks in the dry wall? I remember seeing a home with an excessive amount of dry wall cracks. The owners had repaired the cracks on several occasions, but soon they would reappear. It was later discovered the cracks in the dry wall were only symptoms of a much more serious problem. The foundation was crumbling. They could repair the cracks as much as they wanted, but until the foundation was fixed, the problem would never be truly resolved.
Many Christians will acknowledge verse 7 of Proverbs 1 and proclaim they agree the “fear of the LORD” as being the “beginning of knowledge.” Yet I wonder how many of us consider it “foundational?” From the context of this verse, it seems clear not only is the Word to be the beginning of knowledge, but it is supposed to be a foundation for every aspect of our life. Like a foundation is the first thing built as a house is constructed, an understanding of Scripture needs to be the foundation upon which all our other knowledge is built upon.
How do you know if it’s a foundation in your life? Well let me ask you this; are you into the Word on a regular basis or just when you are experiencing a personal crisis? I’m not trying to guilt you into reading the Bible, but I am pressing you to make a point to treat the Scriptures as “foundational” in your daily walk, not just something you refer to in times of stress. Much like fixing dry wall cracks, until you make changes to the foundation in your life, you will never really address the problem.
What happens when we don’t consider the “fear of the LORD” foundational? Here’s a clue:
Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. Proverbs 1:29-31
We can go on through life ignoring the principles of His Word, but the consequences are disastrous. In fact in verse 32, we learn our complacency destroys us. Like a house with a bad foundation yet giving only periodic attention to the dry wall cracks, we must make the LORD foundational to our life. Knowing Him through His Word will lead us to finding knowledge and instruction.