Proverbs 1: King James Bible
Fear of the Lord – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter one, Verse seven.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Today’s Inspiration from This Verse
God is Love, right? Doesn’t perfect love cast out all fear? Well then what going on with the fear of the Lord? We don’t commonly use this word in the same manner it was once used.
The Fear of the Lord Is:
- Clean (Psalm 19:9)
- Endures forever (Psalm 19:9)
- The Beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10)
- The beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7)
- To hate evil (Proverbs 8:13)
- Strong Confidence (Proverbs 14:26)
- A fountain of life (Proverbs 14:27)
- The Instruction of wisdom (Proverbs 15:33)
- His Treasure (Isaiah 33:6)
This isn’t shaping up to appear as the same thing we think of if we “fear” something, is it? In this day and age when we think of fear, we get a mental image of the people who are running for their lives from Godzilla. (Okay that could be just me… I digress)
I’d go so far to say, that without a reverent fear of the Lord, you can’t even begin to get to know him at all.
The fear of the Lord is something to be treasured in the heart of a believer, not something to flee from. Those who reject the Father (in this verse that would be the fool) will experience a fear of the Lord of a different kind, which will be terrible and terrifying for them.
But for us who are saved in Christ Jesus, the fear of the Lord is our strength and comfort. A reverence that causes for us to seek to please him. To make his heart glad.
This is beginning to sound allot like a loving Father now doesn’t it? It’s no wonder that Isaiah says that our fear of the Lord is his treasure!
Related New Testament Scripture concerning Fear of the Lord
1 Peter 2:
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Cause for us to fear you in the same manner that pleases your heart. May it fill us with confidence, keep us clean, instruct us in all wisdom and knowledge; may it cause for us to hate what is evil, receive your instruction, and provide for you things to treasure. May the fear of you cause for us to come closer to you than we’ve been before. In Jesus name we pray.
Since becoming a believer in Christ, have you ever found yourself lacking fear of the Lord?
The way I see it, if you’re in sin, then you’re outside of fear of the Lord. Because were you to fear the Lord in those moments of weakness, wouldn’t that same fear cause for you to hate sin (in reference to Proverbs 8:13 – hate what is evil)?
It happens to all of us no matter how pious we feel. I think were it not so, we wouldn’t sin.
What are your thoughts? Please leave answers to these questions in the comment section below.