Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 14, 2016

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 4:1-9.

“Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father,
And give attention that you may gain understanding,
2 For I give you sound teaching;
Do not abandon my instruction.
3 When I was a son to my father,
Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,
4 Then he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
Keep my commandments and live;
Acquire wisdom!  Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 “Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;
Love her, and she will watch over you.
7 “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
8 “Prize her, and she will exalt you;
She will honor you if you embrace her.
9 “She will place on your head a garland of grace;
She will present you with a crown of beauty.”     Proverbs 4:1-9.

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“Acquire wisdom!  Acquire understanding!  …”  Verse 5.

So, what is wisdom?  What is understanding? 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  Proverbs 9:10.

And yet, other doctrine believes wisdom is what man should do.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that wisdom and understanding is knowing God and what He has done and will do.

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”  John 17:3.

“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

Reformed Doctrine teaches that the LORD is sovereign and exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth from the beginning to the end:  from the beginning of  “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to the end of  “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Other doctrine tries to ignore or minimize these works of God, preferring to cling to its own free-will and wisdom.  “That is not my god!”:  it exclaims.

But, Reformed Doctrine prizes and embraces this wisdom and understanding of a sovereign LORD Who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth.

“8 “Prize her, and she will exalt you;
She will honor you if you embrace her.
9 “She will place on your head a garland of grace;
She will present you with a crown of beauty.”  Verses 8-9.

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