“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
While I was young in my faith, this verse confused me. I always considered fear to be a negative feeling, and wasn’t sure how being scared of God could help me grow wiser. It took redefining the word fear as awe for the verse to make more sense. Now I see this passage as describing a process: having reverence for who God is, and wanting to learn more about Him will lead to knowing more about living a life that will glorify Him. A pathway to blessing, for sure!