The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
All true knowledge begins with an understanding of Who God is. A foundational respect for the Creator of this universe is critical for the mind. This fear leads the seeker into deeper and deeper truths of every variety without derailing his quest with immorality or self-pride. It is logical. If all things were designed and brought to be by God then the basic knowledge of Who He is and a fundamental fear of His nature will be critical to safely growing in the understanding of all He has done here. It applies to all disciplines not just so-called ‘religious’ truth. Every word of God proves true; thus, it is important that we have deep respect for the One Who speaks this Word and creates universes with His speaking. Imagine the insights into the creation that are available to the one who fears the Creator? It’s a passageway into knowledge with protection against taking wrong turns. The One who spoke Light into existence is able to provide light for the mind and deliver one from any fear of wandering into the darkness.
Fear God and gain knowledge. These two go hand in hand.