The fear of the Lord

Proverbs 1:1-7, 33

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance
for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

As we open the Book of Proverbs the first few verses highlight their purpose and value.  I have added an emphasis to what the Proverbs are; they are God’s words of wisdom, instruction, knowledge and guidance offered to the simple, the young, the wise and the discerning.  They are the expression of God himself to the image of God, us.

Verses 7 and 33 captured my attention.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge (v.7) which leads to whoever listens to God will live in safety, and be at ease, without fear of harm (v.33).

The fear of the Lord leads to knowledge which leads to living without anxiety and worry!

I don’t fear God very much.  Healthy respect, yes.  Glory and Honor, yes.  But I don’t tremble in his presence.  I am often too casual as I enter into church, take communion in front of the cross, too playful in prayer, too prideful.  I sin too often and too willfully.  On the flip-side I sometimes fear his judgment even though I know it is not coming, as I am loved by Jesus, I have been saved by grace, and I am guaranteed by the Holy Spirit my inheritance in heaven, but still I waver in my confidence.  Confidence.  In Christ Jesus there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1).  That is a good word, maybe even the best word.  God’s grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).  I like that too. God’s Omnipresence and Omnipotence and Righteousness and Graciousness makes Him a God who knows all things, is capable of doing anything, and as such he is capable to judge perfectly, and in this He judges graciously.  That is the God we fear, and he is worth knowing, today, tomorrow and every day.



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