"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction."
The first thing on the way to wisdom is to fear God. Most proverbs are made up of two lines that go together and the second will further explain the first. Prov 1:7 says that the opposite of fearing God is despising wisdom and instruction. Part of maturing as a child of God is to know when you are hearing or seeing wisdom in others, and then to take heed. This is to fear God, for He calls us to be wise.
I take it as a given that 10 years ago today, God gave us a wake up call as a nation. The question remains open whether we are hearing or seeing wisdom and taking heed as a nation. We grieve with those who grieve the loss of loved ones at the hands of terrorists. We also grieve to see little evidence of repentance and revival since then. This doesn’t mean it is not there. God reserves many faithful in each nation that we cannot see. We must have faith in His providence, not the numbers of election polls or legislative majorities. Let us stay vigilant in promoting a vibrant community of Christ followers in our nation, proclaiming and living the gospel clearly to all. Let us turn back to the Lord, confess our sins in faith that we will be heard in Jesus Christ, and then prepare to fulfill all our obligations as covenant members of church, family and this nation.