By: Pastor Tom Stein

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 1:7

    Alas, here are three of my least favorite intersections in Beaver County:

     > Five Points in Hopewell.  Confusing and long lights.

     > Shenango and Darlington roads in Chippewa.  Too many cars for a four-way stop.

     > Brodhead and Old Brodhead roads in Center.  Might we have a roundabout?

When I drive through these intersections, I wonder how they can be improved.  But in each case, change would require massive amounts of funding and disruption.  The pain of undoing what has been done would be enormous.

It reminds me of a prayer I have often prayed for my children: “Lord, help them to learn their lessons the easy way.”  We are born with foolishness in our hearts, and the recurring question is whether we will gain wisdom the easy way or the hard way.  This involves everything from the hazards of drinking and driving to the downside of cursing out your supervisor.

What does the Bible say about all of this?

On the one hand, Jesus forgives sinners and sin!  This is great news.  No sin is ever too small to need God’s forgiveness, and no sin is ever too great to exceed God’s forgiveness.

On the other hand, our world has consequences.  If you construct a road poorly or conduct your life foolishly, you will face trouble.  How do you undo what you have done?

The best answers come on the front end.  Pray for such wisdom.  The “fear of the Lord” is the ability to be so awed by His greatness and goodness that you serve Him wisely at the beginning.

Yes, it’s a lesson for young people.  But it’s also wisdom for all of us as we journey along the roads we travel.

Father, give us hearts of wisdom.

When we fail, forgive and renew through Jesus.

Marc is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. A 2001 graduate of Center High School and 2005 graduate of Point Park University, Marc is employed by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and officiates high school and college football. Follow Marc on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram @marcgrando