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Summary: “Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” (Hosea 14:9NIV)

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How does a man become wise?

“Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” (Hosea 14:9NIV)

1. If you are wise the first step is to trust and reverence the Lord.

“Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment”. (Proverbs 9:10NLT) “Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.” (Proverbs 15:33NLT) “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever” (Psalm 111:10NLT) A man only begins to fear God when he starts to know Him, and he only gets to know Him as and when he fears Him. When a man realizes who God is and what His attitude is towards all people, then he begins to fear the Lord. It is important to notice that this fear has to be sought (Proverbs 1:29-30); it has to be learned (Deuteronomy 4:10; Psalm 34:11); there has to be a desire for this (Nehemiah 1:11); it requires obedience (Ecclesiastes 12:13), and some people fear God more than others (Nehemiah 7:2).

2. If you are wise you will hate sin and love a holy life.

“Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil”. (Proverbs 3:7NLT) “All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.” (Proverbs 8:13NLT) “Whoever fears the LORD walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways.” (Proverbs 14:2NIV)”Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.” (Proverbs 16:6;NIV) All the above references make it clear that when anyone really learns the fear of the Lord his whole manner of life is affected – look up 1 Peter 3:1-2; this includes the way he dresses, talks, spends his money, his time, what he hears, the places he goes to, the pleasures he seeks and the books he reads. Even his friends are different (Malachi 3:16).

3. If you are wise you will be filled with full of assurance and confidence.

“In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.” (Proverbs 14:26ESV)Please refer to; Ecclesiastes 8:12-13. One reason for the confidence that is gained by fearing the Lord is that the one who fears Him lives on very intimate and personal terms and in close fellowship with the Lord Himself (Psalm 25:14). This makes him sure of Gods protection (Psalm 34:7); His provision (Psalm 34:9-10); and His purpose (Psalm 33:18). When we fear the Lord we are led into a full assurance of faith (Hebrews 10:22); we know that our sins are forgiven (1 John 2:12); we know the truth of Romans 8:28 and we can say 2 Timothy 1:12!

4. If you are wise you will experiences true peace, joy, riches, honor and long life.

True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.(Proverbs 28:14) Even though a man is poor in a worldly sense, if he fears the Lord he will be wonderfully rich and truly satisfied (Proverbs 15:16; Proverbs 19:23). The man who fears God has immense satisfaction and joy in knowing that all is well, not only for time but for eternity – look up Psalm 31:19 and Psalm 61:5.


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