Posted by: missionventureministries | September 14, 2016

THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM – Psalms 111:10

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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise. (Psalms 111:10) 

The Psalmist is telling us that true wisdom begins with fear, meaning reverence for God; respect for His law and commandments and the fear of offending our Creator.  

He who fears (respects) the Lord departs from evil; because, he who lives in sin neither fears God, nor is wise. (Adam Clark) 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge is such an important issue that Solomon mentions it twice once in Proverbs 1:7 and then again in Proverbs 9:10, adding to it that fools despise wisdom and instruction. Thus, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of an understanding that we are in the presence of a holy, just, and almighty God and that He will hold us accountable for our motives, thoughts, words, and actions. To fear God is the desire to live in harmony with His righteous standards and to honor Him in all that we think, say and do. 

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom means that until we understand who God is and develop a reverential fear of Him, we cannot have true wisdom. True wisdom comes only from understanding who God is and that He is holy and righteous. The essence of the Law in Deuteronomy 10:12-13 states: And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good? The fear of God is the basis for our walking in His ways, serving and loving Him. 

A biblical fear of God, for the believer, includes understanding how much God hates sin and fearing His judgment of sin.  

Hebrews 12:5-6 states: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” This describes God’s discipline of the believer. While it is done in love, we should fear His discipline, and seek to live our lives in such a way that pleases Him. Remember, God wants us to be holy like He is (Hebrews 12:5-6). 

As believers we have His promise that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Fearing God means having such a reverence for Him that it has a great impact on the way we live our life. The fear of God is respecting Him, obeying Him, submitting to His discipline, and worshipping Him in awe. 

The good news is that the fear of God is only the beginning of knowledge. In fact, the great news is that the love of God reflected through Jesus Christ in the New Testament scriptures has the power to cast out this fear and set us free!  

Because: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18) 

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) 

How can we comprehend the Good News of Jesus Christ if we don’t first understand the fear of God? Without reverence, and respect for a perfectly holy, righteous, and just Creator, can we truly appreciate what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, did for us on Calvary’s cross? 

It ultimately comes down to perspective and position. Who is God and what is my perspective on His nature, power, and justice? Who am I and what is my human position relative to Almighty God?  

Once we understand and accept God’s Word, we can live our lives in a special appreciation of co-existing truths of the “Fear of God” and the “Love of God.”  

Let those who fear the LORD say: “His love endures forever” (Psalm 118:4).  

The LORD delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love (Psalm 147:11).  

In His great love for us God created us to have a parent-child relationship with Him. We become normal only when we permit Him to adopt us as His children through the sacrifice that Jesus provided on the cross for our salvation.  

If we respect and fear God we have nothing else to fear, but if we refuse to respect and fear God we will fear everything, for all of our life. 

Jesus said; I have come to give them abundant life; and He longs to give us life to the fullest. God greatly loves us. That is why Jesus came to this earth; He wants a close relationship with us. That is why He wants each person to grow in wisdom, by searching His Holy Word with all our heart.

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