Proverbs 1: 7-9
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father and forsake not the law of thy mother. For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head and chains about thy neck.”
Fearing God, believing and knowing He is the ALLmighty, is The place to begin in achieving growth in wisdom and grace. He has the “whole world in His hands,” as the song goes. If you are in this world, my friend, you are in His hands. Learn of God; don’t be as fools. Let the jewels of wisdom shine from your being yet warn you of your attempts at folly.
“Always distinguish between warning and threatening. God never threatens; the devil never warns. A warning is a great arresting statement of God’s, inspired by His love and patience. This throws a flood of light on the vivid statements of Jesus Christ, such as “How can ye escape the damnation of hell?” There is no element of personal vindictiveness. Be careful how you picture our Lord when you read His terrible utterances. Read His denunciations with Calvary in your mind.” –Taken from Oswald Chambers’ Studies in the Sermon on the Mount.