Today’s Scripture: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

A few years ago, in one of our Dayspring Chapel services, I auctioned off a $20 bill. The rules were that all bids had to be in increments of $1, limited to the money the student had on them at the time, and that I got to keep the two highest bids. I was relieved to learn that our students were smart enough to not pay more than $20 for a $20 bill, and we raised a little bit of money for missions at the same time.

I did this to illustrate to our students a point about wisdom. You can so easily get caught up in something that causes you to lose money. You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” If you’ve ever had that nagging doubt that “maybe this isn’t the best idea”, then don’t do it. It’s bad enough to mess up your own life, but what if you mess up someone else’s life in the process?

Over and over in Scripture it states that the fear, or healthy respect, of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. Scripture also declares that fools despise wisdom and knowledge. Which are you? Foolish, or wise? Don’t get caught up in the frantic bidding of the world – rely on the Lord for wisdom in all areas of your life.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.