"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." Proverbs 9:10
Solomon, who wrote these words, was the wisest man who ever lived who was not named Jesus.
For the past six weeks we have been learning from him about making wise decisions. The question I have been trying to burn into you mind at every invitation, every impulse, every opportunity and every decision point is: "what is the wise thing for me to do?"
But Solomon reminds us that asking that question just brings you to the edge of wisdom. Gaining wisdom begins with "fearing God". What does it mean to "fear" God? To fear God means that you "give Him recognition and reverence by submitting to His will and His ways".
Fearing the Lord means waking up in the morning and declaring "You are God, I'm not!"
Fearing the Lord means confessing, "You are Holy and I am sinful!"
Fearing the Lord acknowledges, "You are wise and I am a fool!"
Until you submit yourself to God, you have not properly recognized Him or given Him reverence.
If you remember, this is how Solomon became wise in the first place!