Everything has a beginning. Everything has an ending. But there are many “things” in between.
Let’s return to a familiar theme in Proverbs: “The fear of the Lord.” But in this verse, we are told that “The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom.” Initially, the fear of the Lord was the beginning – the foundation of wisdom. It was presented as the most fundamental part of life. Here, it takes on a new meaning.
“The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom. Humility precedes honor.” It may not seem as though there is a large difference in the two phrases, but there certainly is. In this passage, we are taught that if we fear God it can bring us into a relationship with Him where He is able to let us know what we need to change in our lives if we become humble! Then we can make changes – whatever they are – and will come to a greater understanding of His wisdom, of ourselves, and what we need to do to grow to become more like His Son.
The key word in this verse is the word “humility.” Not only will fearing God enable us to begin the process of learning His wisdom – but by becoming humble we will receive honor that comes from Him, not others, as we willingly accept His teachings.
Others may recognize us, even respect us, for the wisdom we possess. They may even honor us in one way or another. But to be honored by Him is the greatest gift in life.
We will only receive this honor by being in His presence, kneeling before Him in awe, worship and praise, which begins with and can only come from a sense of deep humility.
Prayer: Father, we cannot understand Your holiness until we admit our sinfulness and repent in deep humility. May we realize our need to honor You with humility. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33