The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)
I would love to start with this very short testimony of mine. When I finished secondary school, I had in mind that I would go to University for more education. But the thought was tough to get started. When I came from Rwanda to look for some money for essential supplies, I met a neighbor who asked me if I would continue studying. My excuses of how it was impossible kissed my lips. By the end of the discussion, he told me, “Go far in your studies, you will get healthy and wealthy and get better and secure jobs in the future.”
I’m glad my PEER Family, rooted in Christ, has brought “Ensure quality education for all” as one of the topics that lead to the Palpable Kingdom Presence. Most of us, as my neighbor instructed me when I met him, we think of education by normally focusing on what it will bring physically. What about spiritual perspectives?
I’m not denying or ignoring that there are plenty of reasons why education is important. I’m just wondering if we cannot only consider education as a consideration of the influence it has on our life or the world, but also as a way to cultivate a deep and lasting relationship with God.
In our Key Verse today, it is highlighted that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is Understanding.” Without a doubt, we all need this instruction and this is practical, not just theoretical. The wisdom from God and the knowledge of Him are something we mostly need in our life, but the Knowledge pursues a way of fear of the Lord. We most of the time fear life, or everything else because we do not fear God.
How can we find purpose and meaning through God’s will for our life? We believe that through an understanding of God, we can know the truth and show his love to those around us. Take one minute and think of “those around you.” When you think of those around you, does your mind bring those who cannot afford a quality education? I think today is the day to show them that it is possible for them, too.
This is the second in the “Ensure Quality Education for All” series of blog posts on our Journey to Palpable Kingdom Presence and is prepared by PEER Servants volunteer, Evariste Macumi, from Bujumbura, Burundi.