Friday, September 23, 2011

Fear of the Lord #3

Do not be wise in your own eyes: Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8

Self confidence and conceit puts us on hold as far as divine guidance is concerned. When we fear the Lord and depart from evil, it means “all systems go.” It spells health to our body and strength to our bones. Literally this has the thought of drink, refreshment or even medicine. We are brought face to face with the close connection between man’s moral and spiritual condition and his physical health.

In Proverbs 10:27, we read that "The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened." This verse reminds us of what we read in Ephesians 6:1-2 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right, Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” It could be said that obedience is an outward sign that we fear the Lord.

This promise of long life is not a blanket promise because any number of things can happen along the road of life that can take us out of here in an instant. However, generally speaking, those who live in the fear of the Lord are more likely to live to a good old age than those who live for the flesh and the world.

It has been estimated that approximately 60% of human illnesses can be traced directly or indirectly to fear, sorrow, envy, resentment, guilt, hatred, or to any number of emotional stresses. Add to that the awful pain caused by alcohol (cirrhosis of the liver), tobacco, (emphysema, cancer, heart disease), and immorality, (venereal diseases and AIDS), we can see that a life lived in the fear of the Lord with obedience to His Word will result in a much healthier existence. May we learn to walk in the fear of the Lord.

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