Fresh Hope – 9th May 2016

A well known verse is Proverbs 1:7 ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.’

We often have the wrong image of knowledge or wisdom, like it’s just being clever and not the most valued trait we should seek. This is completely wrong as it’s not just about information but how to apply it to be successful, and a good steward of what we have been given.

Wisdom is vital if we want to grow, be successful and enjoy this life. We need knowledge, not so we can be a know it all but a know ‘what to do’ it all!’ The difference is having knowledge to help your actions rather than just intellect.

Think about the emotion you go through when in a situation where there’s a lack of knowledge. Buying a house, going through an airport, having a baby, you want to know as much detail as possible to help you get through those circumstances successfully and with as little stress as possible.

It’s the same in our lives but for some reason we often don’t value wisdom in the day to day. We don’t always feel it’s the same as going through an airport where we want to know, what terminal, what gate, what time! Why would we be so casual with what God has entrusted us?

In Luke 12.4-5 Jesus says “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.”

This helps us understand the beginning of wisdom as ‘the fear of the Lord’. Don’t live in fear of life and the temporary situations but live with the knowledge that God is the one we should fear.

But then it goes on in Luke 12.6-7 ‘Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.’

Living with this greater knowledge/wisdom of God and his love toward us gives perspective on our lives and makes sense of many things that used to confuse us. No longer tossed about on the waves of circumstance, we can instead keep our hope in him which becomes like a consistent steadying anchor in our lives.

I encourage you to pray for wisdom everyday, to help you know what to do, what to fear and what not to, and you will be surprised how you can even start to enjoy some of the things that used to terrify you!

Luke Cartwright

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