The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10

I have written a great deal concerning our future as taught in scripture, and not nearly as much as I need to about our present life with Christ.

The Scripture tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. For a long time I did not understand that logic. Oh yes, I walked in the fear of God. I had a very healthy respect for Him. I feared what He could do to me, and I feared because I knew that I deserved whatever it would be that He saw fit to hand out. I was a very wise young man in that regard.

But if the beginning of my journey into the realm of the wise had somehow been the end thereof, I would have never found my way to the final destination of Wisdom. I would have missed the greatest gift of all time.

At that juncture in my journey all I could see was hell in my future. If you think me to be serious now you should have seen me then. My earliest memories were of church services where preachers preached about Hell, as Charlie Simpson used to say, as if they had just gotten back from the very place itself. And the Sunday afternoon front porch discussions between my father, and uncles and my grandfathers wasn’t any less intense.

I took God so seriously that I was for some time during this early walk toward wisdom convinced that I was predestined for eternity to this horrid place that God had created for Satan and his angels. Men joke about going to hell. To me it was no joke.

I remember after I was married I too became somewhat comfortable joining in these discussions with mainly my uncle Ken who was the young adult Sunday School teacher at Gunpowder Baptist Church. That’s not a misprint. And in those discussions I would prod him to show me good reason why a God who would choose some for Heaven and some to hell could be trusted to save someone, if He hadn’t already done so. The someone I was most concerned about of course was me myself. At that time I had no assurance that God loved me and certainly no assurance that He would save me. I had been walking for over 15 years now on this beginning stretch of my road to wisdom, and I knew about all I needed to know about my sinful state, and that God was one “mean” creator to chose to send some to hell. He was definitely someone to be feared.

So my question for you today is —Where do you think I would be right now had I decided then and there that I had had all of the wisdom that I ever wanted to have concerning God? You see I truly believe that some never journey in life beyond this point on their trip to this place called Wisdom. If you want to travel with me on the next leg of this journey stay tuned.