The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.
God created us, and He knows exactly what we need to grow to become more like Him. Proper respect and reverence for God is a necessary condition for turning knowledge into true godly wisdom. A realistic assessment of ourselves—a humble approach—will allow us to grow to be able to receive honor in the future.
But if we seek honor for ourselves and don’t fear God, we will be headed on the wrong path. We will not be developing God’s character or His wisdom.
For more about humility, see the article “The Pharisee and the Tax Collector.”