Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Wow! This basically says that until you know who the Lord is and give him Lordship over your life that you’re knowledgeless. That’s probably pretty insulting to many who have found success in their life. Gone to schools, moved up their career ladders and read lots of books. But, in the eternal scheme of things those things mean nothing. How we look at eternity effects our current lives unfortunately.
The verse then says “but fools despise wisdom and instruction”. Wisdom and knowledge are two different things. Knowledge is step one…it’s when we learn something. Wisdom is step two… it’s when we apply the knowledge we’ve learned correctly. So when it’s says “but fools despise wisdom and instruction” that refers to the change God wants to do in us.
When we come of knowledge of the Lord he convicts us and at that point changes occur where we either embrace the wisdom and apply it to our lives or we become fools and stick to our guns and play out our own ways in rebellion seeking the short victories that satisfy our current situations and immediate pleasures. Not just pleasures though as I don’t want to sound like a downer. There are also character adjustments that the fear of the Lord ignite. It could be a way we deal with anger, pride, selfishness, relationships etc.
The bottom line is hey, some of us think we are cool just the way we are and full of knowledge that don’t need real fixin but God says different. We are like cars and we need maintenance based on miles in our walks with the Lord our 30k, 75k and 100k. We need gospeline in our tanks, constantly full of the holy spirit. We need sinshield wipers to protect our eyes. It boils down to what we do with conviction, do we suppress it or address it?