Friday, September 23, 2011

Fear of the Lord #2

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is under standing." Proverbs 9:10

The term “fear of the Lord” appears 14 times in Proverbs. According to this book, the fear of the Lord will produce certain benefits in your life and mine. When we fear the Lord, we will find certain things to be true.
First of all, the Fear of the Lord Is the beginning of Wisdom. It has been said that wisdom is knowledge rightly applied. But another thought is that Wisdom is seeing things through the eyes of God and responding the way God would respond. Proverbs 1:7 tells us, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 15:33, "The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility." The best place to begin the search for true wisdom is in the fear of the Lord. True fear of the Lord is born out of a knowledge of how infinitely powerful, majestic and full of goodness God is. Before one can grow in the Lord, he must first learn to fear Him.
Secondly, the fear of the Lord motivates us To Holiness. Proverbs 3:7, "Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil." Proverbs 16:6, "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil."

These verses tell us that the fear of the Lord promotes holy living. The person who truly reverences and respects the Lord as he should will not do anything that brings disgrace, dishonor or pain to the heart of the Lord. People who genuinely fear the Lord will flee from evil, even the appearance of something that maybe questionable to some. When one is living and walking in the fear of the Lord there are no “gray areas”. Every area of my life will be impacted and affected! The prospect of causing the Lord pain or grieving His holy heart will be too great to bear!

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