Faith and Wisdom
King Solomon like King David was a man that demonstrated greatness in a specific facet or characteristic. When you hear the word faith, the most common association to the word would probably be King David. When someone hears wisdom, the next association would probably be King Solomon.
Through the Psalms we find the faith that King David exemplified in his life with all the circumstances. Similarly, in Proverbs we are able to find the wisdom that is identified with King Solomon. We are able to understand the importance of the fear of the LORD whether we are walking in faith and/or wisdom.
“Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices.” – Proverbs 1: 28-31
When there is faith and wisdom there will also be a stern reproof to keep us from stepping to the wrong steps or to the wrong sides. Our walk should be made straight. The fear of the LORD is not a fear of terror if one is a believer. It is a fear of not pleasing the LORD who has given us so much including our ability to choose (free will), strength, wisdom, honor, love, peace, love, fidelity, understanding, faith, joy, compassion, empathy, good will, and the fruits of the Spirit. Only unbelievers should be fearful in a terror like way due to the wrath of the LORD.
There is no separation of the two as they are combined attributes that demonstrate the importance of fixing our eyes to the LORD and to His commandments. While it may seem that there can be shifts of attitudes and beliefs can be changed, the LORD is unchangeable and everything that is hidden will be made known.
“So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it, but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.” – Proverbs 2: 20-22