AUGUST 23, 2017

The Word: Fear


“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction”
(Proverbs 1:7).

“David, hurry! Your wife is on her way to Capital City Hospital. She’s in labor.” David wisely dropped everything he was doing and got in his car and drove one hour as fast as he could to be with his precious pregnant wife, Brittney. While David was driving, fear gripped his heart like a straitjacket. Within a flash, he began to pray: 

“Lord, I am so afraid. Father, please be with my wife and our baby boy she is carrying. Send Your angels to watch over them. Give them strength to endure. Jesus, You know that my precious wife has had two miscarriages. Lord, we are so afraid. Remove all our fears and fill us with hope amidst our past hurts. I pray this prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

David’s prayer was gripped in fear. He was so afraid of losing another child. He did not want his wife to experience a third miscarriage. Fear paralyzed him. 

Interestingly, fear like David experienced and biblical fear are not the same. Biblical fear is about honoring, respecting, and reverencing God. Proverbs 1:7 declares, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” 

Human fear causes paralysis, while biblical fear draws us closer to the heart of God. Biblical fear causes us to love God with all our hearts, body, soul, and Spirit. It is impossible to truly love God with agape love if we are unwilling to fear or reverence Him as our Father and the Creator of the universe. 

Human fear incapacitates us. Reverential fear empowers us. Human fear causes us to hide beneath the canopy of the pit of darkness. Reverential fear causes us to walk in the Light of the Glory of God. There is no shame in reverential fear. There is only love, joy, and peace which passes all understanding. When it comes to truly knowing God as opposed to knowing about God, reverential fear is the key that unlocks the treasures of God found in the heart of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” This is the type of fear that we must all aspire for as we seek godly understanding in dealing with life gripping challenges. However, we must be aware of what the second part of this Proverb says: “But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” We miss out on so much if we don’t have a biblical, reverential fear of God.

Would you consider yourself to be someone who sincerely fears God? If not then pray and ask God to help you embrace reverential fear.

 

“Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God's holiness and sovereignty, acknowledging our own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours.”
—J.I. Packer 
 

Today’s prayer…

Lord, we humbly bow before You as You teach us wisdom that comes from reverential fear. Father, foolish is not our choice. Teach us to never get ahead of Your perfect will for our life, Lord. We love Your wisdom. Father, this day we humbly bend our knees and bow our heads and bend our hearts to Your way. This is Your servants’ prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Devotional taken from Today’s WORD: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times by Robert F. Loggins Sr.