If someone asked you to identify the most basic fundamental principle that must be present in order for humans to reach their full potential in knowledge and wisdom, what would you say? How about this:
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7). “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Prov. 9:10).
True knowledge and wisdom are rooted in the originator of both. When the fear of God is present, doors are opened to understanding truths as profound as the origin, nature, purpose, and destiny of man. When the fear of God is missing, people believe in organic evolution, a purposeless existence, moral anarchy, and hedonism. Civilizations that reflect godliness in their lives and laws will benefit from increased knowledge and wisdom. Those that reject God reject the only basis for real progress.
Let us pray for a greater fear of God – in ourselves and in our nation.