This is it. Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, or as this version puts it, reverence and awe for God are the beginning of wisdom.
These days, there is a lot of knowledge and a scarcity of wisdom. You can know a lot of facts about a lot of things and it not do you much good. Wisdom is what you do with what you know.
For me, wisdom begins when I admit that I don’t know much. Wisdom happens when I confess that I know a lot less than I thought I did at one point.
The Bible also says that if any of you lack wisdom, let that person ask God, who gives it generously. So maybe I should ask for it more.
I think wisdom starts when I make a declaration of dependence. It’s me acknowledging that I don’t have all the answers, that I am not Mr. With-It, and that I need help most days. I need God’s help every day.
Ultimately, wisdom is knowing that it’s not about me at all. It’s ultimately about God and what He’s doing in the world.
Wisdom is knowing that failure and mistakes can actually be a good thing if they lead to changed behavior and more of a desperation for God to act on our behalf. Wisdom knows that failure is never fatal but the courage to continue is what counts (one Mr. Churchill also said that a while back).
So I’m praying for wisdom, which is one of the smartest decisions that King Solomon ever made. Marrying all those foreign women? Not so much. Asking for wisdom? You can never ever go wrong with that.