The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For through wisdom your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
Many often wonder why we never run out of wars, economic crises, pain, hunger, pestilence, incurable diseases, violence, insecurity, poverty, injustice, white slavery, drug trafficking, terrorism, repression, tyranny, totalitarianism, anarchy, crimes, kidnapping, fraud, gangs, executions, corruption, and other thorns that are part of the bouquet of brambles with which the world pays us. All the time we become victims of fraud that the world performs with our lives. Is just a simple bait and switch fraud technique. As per the Wicktionary, bait and switch is an unscrupulous and sometimes illegal sales technique, in which an inexpensive product is advertised to attract prospective customers who are then told by sales personnel that the inexpensive product is unavailable or of poor quality and are instead urged to buy a more expensive product. Also, (by extension) any similar deceptive behavior, especially in politics and romantic relationships. All the time the world is using this simple but effective way of defrauding us. On the one hand the world offers three attractive baits: money, power and fame. On the other hand we only receive the long list of thorns mentioned above.
When will we stop being naive and stupid so we can get the most enduring and untouchable treasure that someone may have in this world? When will we be looking for things that do not produce happiness but sadness and pain? When will we stop being puppets of the evil trilogy made by Satan, the world and our own flesh? If we wish to gain wisdom we must begin to live in the fear of God. This does not mean we will live in a state of dread and apprehension. It means that we behave at all times with obedience, reverence and respect for our Creator, that is for our God and heavenly Father. This is the secret of happiness and peace. To God alone be the glory!