Week beginning: 9th March, 2014
By Jon Hyde | London
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding"Proverbs 9:10, NIV
We need a lot of wisdom in our work as lawyers, to understand a legal problem or to work out the best strategy for dealing with a case or to manage the other people involved in it, be they clients, opponents or colleagues. This Proverb reminds us that if we want to be wise we need to start by fearing God, by recognising and worshipping his majesty, power and holiness.
Picking up on this truth, James encourages us later on in the Bible to ask God for wisdom if we feel that we lack it, as He is the one "who gives generously to all without finding fault" (James 1:5, NIV). I find this an enormous encouragement as I regularly feel lacking in what it will take to deal with a particular case, especially on a Monday morning.
Perhaps, more than many others, our profession greatly values wisdom, knowledge and understanding - at least when it applies to tricky legal problems and winning a case or impressing a client! Let's be encouraged this week to seek to know the Holy One better, in whom there is true and perfect wisdom, about our work and everything else.
1. Spend a few moments reflecting on Proverbs 9:10 and pray that God might give you wisdom and understanding.
2. Lift up to God any particularly tricky issues you might be facing, or anyone who you know might facing them, asking for His perfect wisdom and understanding for those situations.