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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning…”
Eight words, strung together by God, that give man the building blocks of life.
Eight words that provide the foundation for wisdom.
Eight words that are essential to understanding the meaning of life.
Eight words that guarantee a joyous life.
Eight words that lead to fulfillment in life.
Eight words that point the direction for what we must do if we want to please God.
Eight words that prove the faithfulness of God.
Eight words that are the beginning of our obedience to the Lord.
Eight words that eliminate the folly of talk and teach us how to walk before God.
And once we completely and unreservedly “fear the Lord,” we will have confidence and courage to face any obstacle in life because God is bigger than anything and everything else in the universe.
But those words do not end when our lives end. They are generational and, if the believer is faithful, will be passed from generation to generation.
Parents who want to provide safety and security and wellbeing for their children will do so because of their “fear of the Lord.” Scripture provides all the evidence any parent needs to realize the benefits that will come to their children if they - the parents – “fear the Lord” and are obedient to Him - no matter the cost!
Not parents? Pass the message on. It’s lifesaving!
Prayer: Lord, may we take to heart the significance and importance of those eight words, “the fear of the Lord” is where life begins. May we recognize Your power and our limits. Amen.
Scripture For Today: Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. Proverbs 14:26
Entertaining young children often provides moments of enduring joy and memories that last a lifetime. I often think of those days when I played “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?” with my sons. We made noises and faces and even built homes out of blankets and chairs. The “big bad wolf” tried to create problems for the three little pigs but was never able to harm those inside their home. They were prepared to face the threats of the big bad wolf.
We often do the same - making preparation to face the threats and uncertainties of life. We feel strong in our own strength and believe without a doubt that we can, no matter what, withstand any temptation in life.
Solomon, however, presents another way of responding to the threat of evil: be cautious or timid! When temptation threatens us and we feel incapable of rejecting it by ourselves, we are to “shun evil.” Looking deeper into these two little words we find that those who “shun evil” or are “timid” because they feel weak or are unable to reject it in their own strength, have a “built-in alarm:” the fear of the Lord! When they realize that they must face God or what could destroy them, they respond in fear and turn to God for His strength.
I often marvel at the countless alarm systems that are available to protect our lives, homes and identities from fraud and theft, danger and destruction. Some provide constant surveillance through an electronic monitoring system. Others can be self-installed and are battery operated. Both are designed to warn of “impending danger.” We have something better, stronger, more certain, and always available: God’s wisdom, strength, and power.
Prayer: Lord, help us to be so fearful of evil that we flee from it in fear rather than standing, fighting and failing. May we look to You to save us by calling on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure. Proverbs 14:16
It was a heated argument: “Your mind is so closed that no one could get a new thought in there even if they used a sharp wedge.” “Oh yeah,” he replied. “You’re so open-minded that your brain can’t hold anything that makes sense!”
Each of us has developed our own way of thinking about and looking at things. Solomon once said that the way we think falls between two bookmarks “Simple minded and prudent.” Being “simple minded” means anything from being overly gullible, too hot-headed, arrogant, reckless, foolish or crafty. On the other hand, some people are “prudent.”
The “simple minded” are so confused that they are willing to believe anything said by anybody at any time. Whatever they hear makes sense to them, and if it is a popular idea that most people embrace, it’s always right. They lack insight, sound judgment and clear thinking.
The “prudent person,” however, has both evil and good intentions. Evil intentions would be using one’s knowledge in a way that is sinister, shrewd, or misleading. Good intentions would be using one’s knowledge to discern the truth, understand people, know what is going on, looking for opportunities to serve others, and how to make wise decisions.
The wisdom of a prudent person comes from “giving thought to their steps,” or, what they plan to do. They carefully consider choices and consequences, weigh every option and opinion, and make their decisions on wisdom they have gained from their teachers. However, not all teachers honor God. So, the Christian must make decisions according to God’s Word.
Prayer: Lord, may we choose wisely those who we allow to influence our thoughts and guide our thinking. May we choose our teachers carefully before we trust them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. Proverbs 14:15