This verse can be understood as the fear of the Lord is the chief part of knowledge, the first and most important step towards understanding. The fear of the Lord speaks of knowing your place in this world. A humble heart is of great benefit when learning from anyone, especially from God. James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” This requires you to acknowledge that you are lacking and in need. Then you have to be willing to ask for what you need from God. Neither of which are easy for most of us.
Is there an area of your life that you need knowledge and wisdom? Do you need to humble yourself and admit that you don’t know it all, that you need help on this one? Can you ask God for the wisdom that you are seeking?
A foolish person despises wisdom. A foolish person thinks that they know all they need to know. A foolish person trusts in their own knowledge above God’s ways. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 1 Cor. 1:25