(Proverbs 15:33 KJV) The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
We are familiar with the quote that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (9:10). It is also the beginning of knowledge (1:7). Here we add the statement that it is also an element of “instruction” (3374) .
The fear of the Lord puts us in a position to listen. Have you ever noticed that you hear the noises of the house a lot more in the dark than at noon? If the noise that woke you up raised your heart beat you listen even more carefully. Concern brings focus. God has lesson for us and He wants us to learn them.
So? Often we respond spiritually in bad times better than we do in good times. Maybe if we sharpen our listening skills the bad times won’t be needed.