John, the apostle writes, “God’s perfect love leaves no room for fear”, my paraphrase. Yesterday, I enjoyed taking time to spend with you all through reading your blogs and comments. Fear was a hot topic with many. It’s understandable with the world we live in. Fear can be toxic. For example: I am terrified of snakes. I would classify it as an unhealthy fear, for it keeps me from enjoying the woods I like to walk in. On the other hand, healthy fear releases us from fear’s strangle hold.
Solomon knew healthy fear and so did Job. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom … Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom…” (Prov. 9:10; Job 28:28). Only as we understand the fear of the Lord, can we understand the love of God casting out fear.
In Monday’s post, “God Is the Answer”, the challenge to seek wisdom was given through asking for it. In any journey, starting at the beginning is the best option. The beginning of wisdom rests in understanding the fear of the Lord.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…And is understood through…the knowledge of the holy…he which hath called you is holy…I AM HOLY… For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him… As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God…There is no fear of God before their eyes…Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Prov. 9:10; 1Peter1:15,16; 2Cor. 5:21; Rom. 3:10,11,18: Job 28:28.)
“…knowledge of the holy…I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him…he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth…for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth… For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness…He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments…” (Ecc. 3:14NASB; Ps. 96:13; Rev. 19:6; Ps. 47:7,8; Ps. 111:9,10.)
Fear God for: He is all powerful. He is holy. He judges sin in His righteousness. He judges for He is the King having authority to do so. None can take from Him or add to Him. He remains forever. It is the path to wisdom.
“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” Ecc. 12:13,14, NASB.
The fear of the Lord is a healthy fear consisting of reverence and trust, freeing those who hold it from any other fear that seeks to destroy. It is perfected in the knowledge of His love.
“Praise, ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments…He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid…” Ps.112:1,7,8.
Go in the fear of the Lord!