Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Fear has to do with being afraid and careful. We need to be afraid and careful when dealing with the LORD. Fear of the LORD has to do with reverence. The fear of the LORD therefore is the attitude and quality of our relationship with God.
Fear comes with recognition that what you are dealing with is greater, better than you and beyond your control. Fear means you acknowledge a low position and accept to be directed. The fear of the LORD is accepting His leadership and directions.
Fear of the LORD comes from the knowledge of the Holy One or God. God is sovereign and He does what He wants. He is not bound to any human expectations or rules and regulations. God does what He wants. He cannot be called to account. He is not moved by our gifts or tears. He can read through our motives. We can’t fool God. This knowledge of God should cause us to deal humbly and honestly with Him. This understanding should cause the Fear of the LORD.
What wisdom comes from the fear of the LORD? Wisdom to trust the all powerful God and not the inferior human beings around us. Wisdom to pray. Wisdom to believe His word. Wisdom to avoid offending God. Wisdom to know that without God, our best efforts and intentions are in vain. Wisdom to know that whatever we do without God, is like multiplying any number by zero. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of a good life.
The fear of the LORD is recognizing that unless He blesses your life, it will be empty and unsatisfying. The fear of the LORD is recognizing that you can’t be offending God without repentance and still expect His favors. The fear of the LORD is recognition of the greater role God has in your life. The fear of the LORD triggers a good relationship with God and a resultant blessed life that we enjoy.
May we have a true fear of the LORD and may today be another beginning of a great life that is favored and directed by an all wise, ever present, all powerful, all protecting, all able, all loving, all caring God. Amen!
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