The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding Proverbs 9:10
O Lord, listen to my cry;
give me the discerning mind you promised.
Listen to my prayer;
rescue me as you promised Psalm 119:169-170
Where the mind goes, the man follows Joyce Meyer
There are three aspects to this year. It is the year of complete governance and peace; the year of answered prayer; the year of double wisdom.
Last year was the year of walking in wisdom. Meaning that in the midst of all the chaos and disorder you grew and gained wisdom to continue walking in the plans of the Lord. This year it is about using the wisdom you’ve gained or are about to gain to bring order in every part of your life. How are we to go about doing this?
Wisdom and Peace go together
If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, we need to understand what the fear of the Lord is:
Come, my children, and listen to me,
and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
Does anyone want to live a life
that is long and prosperous?
Then keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies!
Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it Psalm 34:11-14
Basically the beginning of wisdom is searching for peace and working to maintain it. The question obviously then is: how do we search for peace? James tells us that any time we need wisdom we simply ask:
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:5-8
Before moving on we need to understand the importance of this verse. It actually talks about discipline. We must have a mindset that cannot be moved. When we ask for wisdom we have to be sure that what we ask for is what we want.
This means that we also need to understand the kind of wisdom we’re asking for:
For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind (something to think about).
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere James 3:15-17
That was the theme for last year and how we were to walk in wisdom. This is the year of double wisdom which means we need to continue to walk in wisdom and also grow in wisdom. We have managed to establish that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and that kind of wisdom searches for peace and works to maintain it. We need to be very certain, beyond the shadow of doubt, that when we ask for wisdom, we are not going to let doubt overshadow our faith. Finally godly wisdom has to do with peace.
Peace starts in the mind
Listen carefully to what Peter says:
Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do (the will of God), and he will bless you for it. For the Scriptures say,
“If you want to enjoy life
and see many happy days,
keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies.
Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it 1 Peter 3:8-11
First he tells us to be of the same mind or think the same things. Then he proceeds to tell us how. If we are going to enjoy life it comes from asking for the wisdom that comes from the fear of the Lord. Pay more attention to the fact that he says to be of the same mind. Watch this:
1 ) And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth Colossians 3:2 (AMP).
There is the discipline of the mind again. Since we know the wisdom that comes from above, we are to keep our minds set on that wisdom where peace dwells. This is the first thing.
2) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you Philippians 4:8-10
Take note of the key word here: Then. That implies that the previous statement is a conditional statement. That means for peace to come we have to think about what is honorable, excellent and worthy of praise. Just ask yourself, “Is what I’m thinking going to bring peace? Is what I’m about to say going to bring peace? Is what I’m about to do going to bring peace?”
3) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Changing the way we think is a constant, on-going process. Now because being negative is a natural part of human nature, changing the way we think, renewing our minds, is a never-ending process!
Putting it all together
We understand that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the fear of the Lord is searching for peace and working to maintain it. We also know that the wisdom that brings peace and order is a godly wisdom, the wisdom from above. That is the wisdom we should ask for and continually ask for it as an act of renewing our mind. To make sure our thinking doesn’t waver we must always ask ourselves whether or not what we are thinking and what we are about to say and do is going to bring peace.
We must practice double wisdom by making sure our prayer which is sure to be answered, is to grow in self-governance and peace in, through and with every part of our lives. This is the wisdom that brings order!