The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. But fools despise wisdom and discipline. Pro. 1:7
As we transition into the New Year and 2020 Decade, we need wisdom to live right and this verse gives us the perfect recipe. The starting place is the fear of the Lord which is reverence, dependence and absolute obedience to God. This is where true knowledge is found and without it, we perish or grope in total darkness.
The Bible is the source of knowledge which will then lead us to the fear of God. 2020 has been declared the Year of the Bible. Let us commit to reading through the Bible this New Year and act only after we have asked ourselves:
What does the Bible say?
Next, we need wisdom which is the choice of the smartest way to apply any given knowledge for the best possible outcome. We have help.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously …” James 1:5.
Knowledge does not translate to wisdom and so we need to ask God (PRAY).
Lastly, we need discipline to live right. Mere resolutions will not work. Discipline and persistence is training to acquire self-control for a way of life like a military person or an athlete will do. Paul disciplined himself and kept pressing forward toward the goal of his high calling.
Reliance on worldly knowledge and wisdom will be disastrous.
We must turn to God and His Word, acquire the right knowledge and wisdom from Him, then be persistent to discipline ourselves to live accordingly.
May 2020 be a blessed year for you and your family. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Author: Rev. Sunday Bwanhot, ECWA USA DCC Chairman
Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is EMS/SIM Missionary. He serves as Team leader of SIM Culture Connexions; Pastors of ECWA Chicago and ECWA USA DCC Chairman.