Today’s Reading: Proverbs 1-3
Today’s Reflection: Psalms 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The idea that respecting God is the beginning of knowledge is one very much at odds with the post-modern world we live in. Most among the modern intelligentsia — academics, researchers, scientists, and the like — consider belief in God or any religious deity to be antiquated, the ailment of a superstitious and irrational mind. They instead prefer knowledge that is proven and provable, subjected to the rigor of scientific method and confirmed by review of their academic peers. This is how most knowledge makes its way into schools, universities, hospitals and our world at large today, and this is a standard of knowledge that belief in God cannot meet.
But the ivory towers of knowledge, which claim to only represent the facts, are not completely honest in their intellectual inquiries. Examine many science texts and books and you’ll find somewhere in the forward a note that reads: we will not consider any supernatural phenomena. In other words, before even examining the evidence many scientists rule out the possibility of God playing a role in our world. It shouldn’t be surprising that many of them conclude God doesn’t exist, since they didn’t give Him a chance to show Himself in the first place.
And what has this knowledge given us? Weapons that were meant to end war that have only encouraged it, and run the risk of falling into the hands of mad dictators and terrorists. Vaccines that were meant to cure that ended up causing side effects, some fatal. Technological advancements that were meant to make us more productive but end up consuming yet more time, taking us away from the natural world and the relationships that truly make life worthwhile. I’m not condemning all progress, but much of it has gone too far, cost too much, with unanticipated consequences that always seem to come at the expense of the less fortunate. Science has no heart and knowledge is as likely to destroy as it is to help.
Which is why God invites us to seek Him as the first step to knowledge and wisdom. His focus has always been on relationships, both with Him and with each other (Matthew 22:34-40). God’s design is to save us from the sin that takes us down destructive paths and to set us on a course towards His kingdom. And you don’t have to lose your mind to give your heart to the Lord. God doesn’t ask that we set aside reason or inquiry, only that we subject them to His guidance and instruction so that when we create we can truly be reflections of His image, making only that which can be called good (Genesis 1:31).
Psalms 14:1 – The fool says in his heart, “There is no God. “They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.