‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.’
– Proverbs 9:10 ESV
This proverb is the main theme of my blog as it’s about what God has taught me in all the big and little things. The fundamental lesson God taught me is that we can only learn how to truly live when we fear him.
No, I’m not scared of God. The fear of the Lord is “a reverential awe which leads the believer to love and obey God” according to my Bible dictionary*.
Fearing God is a sort of prerequisite to learning from him. We have to acknowledge his sovereignty and let him take over when he wants to teach us a lesson. There are many situations I could’ve potentially blogged about, but when I wasn’t fearing God the way I should have, the opportunity to learn was missed.
To gain knowledge, wisdom, and instruction, we must first fear God. This reverential awe has definitely increased my desire to love and obey God, especially through the example of Jesus. He feared God, submitted to his will, and suffered the most horrific death so that we could learn to love our Heavenly Father.
So fear God and allow him to teach you, whether through this blog, your church, and primarily through your pursuit of prayer and His Word. The greater your fear, the more you’ll learn and the wiser you’ll become.
*Richards Lawrence O. (Editor) “The Global Concise Bible Dictionary” 1999