Themes in Proverbs: Reverential Fear

Reverence is not much displayed today. By definition, reverence is a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration. What do we respect in the most high regard? What gives us a feeling of awe? To be honest, not much. So when we come to passages such as Proverbs 9:10, how can we relate? The verse gives us some insight.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the   Holy One is understanding.

Solomon, the Proverbs writer tells us that the beginning of wisdom comes from where? The fear, the reverence of the Lord. Notice, the word beginning means the prerequisite. So essentially, before we can ever begin down the road to wisdom we must have a deep reverential fear of God. Only time spent in the word of God will help us down the road of attaining reverence for the Holy One.