The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
Proverbs 1:7 (ESV)
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Hosea 4:6 (ESV)
The Bible is replete with verses discussing the follower of God’s need for knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Philippians 2:12 tells us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Romans 12:2 tells us that we should be “transformed by the renewal of [our] minds.”
For the follower of God, knowledge, wisdom, and understanding are essential. The Christian faith is not a faith of ignorance and illogicality. 2 Peter 3:15 says that we should always be prepared to “to make a defense to anyone who asks…for a reason for the hope that is in you.” Psalm 34 says that we should “taste and see that the Lord is good.” Romans 12:2 says that we should test the Word to discern the will of God and to find out what is “good and acceptable and perfect.”
As we grow as Christians and in our relationship with God we should also be growing in our knowlege of God. If we do not know about God and who He is, how can we truly love God? Along with knowledge though sometimes comes pride. 1 Corinthians 13:2 says, “And if I have…all knowledge…but have not love, I am nothing.” I came across a blog entry on R.C. Sproul’s site, Ligonier.org, that spoke of exactly this problem. Sometimes in our effort to grow in the knowledge of God, because of our falleness, we lose site of growing in the love of and for God, the reason we should be trying to grow in knowledge. A great quote from the entry, speaking of the laity, is this, “if they seek only to have their intellects tickled, if they attend to preaching only that they might show forth their own erudition, it is not their minds but their egos that are being preached to…Our minds always need to be exhorted to beware our propensity for ego.”
This is a great warning for us all. In our effort to grow in the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God, let’s make sure we’re building up our faith and not our pride.