Proverbs 1:33 NKJV But whoever listens to me (wisdom) will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
(NLT) But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”
(GNB) But whoever listens to me will have security. He will be safe, with no reason to be afraid.”
I love the book of Proverbs. It is chock full of wisdom and sound counsel on a variety of subjects and issues of life including fear. Proverbs 1:33 teaches us that listening (not just hearing but adhering) to wisdom will allow you to live safely, securely, and at ease without fear.
I like the NLT here. It says those who adhere to wisdom will be untroubled by fear. It doesn’t say you may not ever have a fearful thought pass through your mind, but it tells us we won’t be troubled by them. We won’t pay attention to the fearful thought, because we’ll be concreted and walking in the peace that comes with listening to Godly wisdom.
The beauty of it all is wisdom is EASY to obtain. Proverbs 1:20 tells us that Wisdom is available to anyone. Wisdom isn’t just locked up and available only to sages of old or Ivy League students. No. Wisdom cries out in the streets and is available to anyone who will hear.
In Proverbs 1:5 King Solomon said, “A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.” Wisdom is available to all and those who are wise will always seek to grow in what they know. They will look for people who have wisdom and are insightful to ask questions of. They will train their ears to hear and purposely filter knowledge and learning from even the most convoluted of sources. You can learn something from anybody if you are willing to listen. Kenneth E. Hagin used to frequently say, “Eat the hay and leave the sticks.” That’s exactly what you do.
Make yourself a list of 4 or 5 people that you know and consider to be wise or at least wise in one area or another. Some people are incredibly wise in financial areas, yet ignorant in relational issues. Others are wise in relational issues, yet foolish concerning their physical health. I trust you get the point. Then make a point to routinely touch base with them and glean from their counsel. Read books full of Godly Wisdom. Spend regular time in the Proverbs and the rest of the Scripture. Read the Red in the New Testament. By that I’m referring to reading after the things that Jesus said. Then apply His wisdom in your life. Applying His Word in your life will leave you with, “…no reason to be afraid.”