The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.
Proverbs 9:10-11 (NASB)
God is the source of wisdom and understanding. Wisdom is about more than objective intelligence. It translates into making right choices – intellectually, spiritually, morally.
We can only begin on the path to wisdom by fearing Him. Since He is the source and sustainer of life, we reap the benefits of this by fearing and knowing Him. Wisdom and understanding, fearing and knowing God, are the path to life.
When we forget this truth, we embrace worldly wisdom, which is no wisdom at all.
We need wisdom and understanding, and they only come from God.
We need to have the deepest possible fear, reverence, awe, and knowledge of God. We can know God intimately, thereby gaining deep understanding of Him, only through the grace of Christ.