There are dozens upon dozens of Bible passages that refer to something that has become increasingly foreign to our modern society, something called "the fear of the Lord," or "the fear of God." Here is just a small sampling:
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever. (Psalm 19:9)
Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men! (Psalm 31:19)
Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. (Psalm 33:8)
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. (Psalm 34:7)
Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. (Psalm 34:9)
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. (Psalm 103:11)
As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. (Psalm 103:13)
The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children. (Psalm 103:17)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom—so says the Bible in three different passages, and a fourth is like it: the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. That says to me that before we can make any real, substantive advance toward the worthy goals of wisdom or knowledge, our starting block must be that exalted place called the fear of the Lord. If we don't begin with the fear of God, our wisdom is doomed to be the wisdom of man, which is not the wisdom of God at all. Romans 1 offers these words in reference to those who trusted in worldly wisdom: "… although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools … Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind."
If the fear of the Lord is truly the beginning of wisdom, then these people who sought after wisdom from a different starting point became not wise, but fools. According to God's Word, it could have had no other result.