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The Cambridge Bible Commentary describes today’s verse as a motto—both for the whole Book of Proverbs and of the whole subject of which the Book treats.
I am offering, the writer would seem to say, to give you the right of entering into the House of Knowledge, to guide you through some of its goodly chambers, to display to you a portion of the rich and varied treasures with which it is stored.
But as you approach the portal, note well the inscription which is traced above it: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
Albert Einstein once wrote that “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” What wisdom are you reaching to acquire, and how might your attempts to reach it make you more wise? Will your attempts to reach God bring you closer to him?
This meditation from the first chapter of Proverbs will help begin your voyage towards knowledge by first taking a step towards God.
Resting in imaginative contemplation for a moment, remain with your eyes closed…imagine entering an ancient library. Entering the Royal Library of Alexandria in Egypt. It is the time of Christ and the library is one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. It is a major center of scholarship where the most famous thinkers of the ancient world studied. Imagine walking its halls, listening to the conversations—the study. What are they discussing? What knowledge do they seek? Are their questions any different than yours today? Are the answers they find any different? Stay here walking the halls of Alexandria and imagining the conversations you hear among the collections and scrolls of knowledge.
Today you have the opportunity to begin your voyage of knowledge and wisdom. You have the opportunity to take first steps today and those steps begin with the truth that God is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge you seek. Expect to find moments to begin today. Begin your seeking by beginning with God.
Let me pray too that you remember to have reverent fear of the Lord, that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome. That is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge; its starting point and its essence. Now to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever will be. Amen.
So when you are ready, step into your day mindful of that beginning. Begin your search by beginning with God.