This is the bible reading for January 1st, which I did yesterday.
The passages are:
- Genesis 1:1 – 2:25
- Psalm 1:1-6
- Proverbs 1:1-7
- Matthew 1:1-23
The verse that stood out to me was the beginning of Proverbs 1:7. “Knowledge begins with respect for the Lord.”
KNOWLEDGE BEGINS with RESPECT for the LORD.
I think that tells a whole lot. This is from the New Century Version. The NIV says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Also well put.
Knowledge. Being the first class nerd I am, it’s something I thirst for. Always. It’s also a genetic predisposition; my entire family is comprised mainly of nerds. I’d go to school for the rest of my life if I could afford it.
One thing I know about when I was in college is that I did acquire more knowledge (complete with decent grades) when my focus was on doing God’s will. In hindsight, I am aware that my grades began to fall when I shifted my focus back onto myself.
The second part of that verse reads, “but fools hate wisdom & discipline.”
Fools. Ain’t it the truth. It really all snowballed on me from there; I took my eyes off God and what did it get me? Well, my grades went in the crapper & I eneded up being $20000 in debt with no degree to show for it. Then, soon afterward, still not focused on God, I give in to my lonliness and get myself knocked up. Clever thing for a 32-year-old nerd to do. And on it goes to where I am now. (Just to clarify, some things did turn out for good, as is God’s way, like a wonderful new husband, two awesome stepsons and a beautiful baby girl), but we’re drastically in debt and my depression (I have clinical depression) has been bad. Why is this? My eyes have not been on God.
If you wanna get knowledge, you gotta get God.
Maybe, if I remember that, I’ll manage to do something right for a change.