Friday, September 23, 2011

Fear of the Lord #5

"Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith." Proverbs15:16

This verse teaches us that it is better to have limited resources and be in the will of God than it is to have plenty and the trouble that comes along with it. The bottom line here is this, when you are in the Lord's will, and when you are walking in His fear, your care is His responsibility. In Matthew 6:25-33 the Lord Jesus strikes at our tendency to center our lives on food and clothing and missing the real meaning and purpose of life. When we walk in the fear of the Lord we realize that “my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians. 4:19). The life filled with "things" and riches is a trouble filled life. The life lived in faith and in the fear of God is literally carefree. Paul put it this way, “godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).

In Proverbs 19:23 Solomon reminds us that the fear of the Lord produces satisfaction and safety when he declares, "The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil." The person who lives in the fear of God will be a satisfied person. They will have one goal in live, pleasing the Lord, and it will have been met. Therefore, they will have all their needs met and they will be happy. When we must have other stuff to make us happy, we never will be! When we learn to be satisfied with the Lord and with the privilege of walking in His fear, we will be permanently satisfied. Nothing will matter but the smile of God and it will be upon our lives. Notice, this verse says that this kind of person will not be visited with evil. The person who walks in the genuine fear of the Lord need never fear going to Hell, he need never fear many of the things that beset the world around him. By his walk in the fear of the Lord, he brings the smile and the hedge of God into his life. Job was this type of man as we read in Job 1:1, 10. He was one who was “blameless and upright and one fear the God and turned away from evil.” As a result of this Job experienced the protecting hand of the God that he fear and that same God satisfied his heart.

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