TITLE: Fear of the LORD
Text: Read Proverbs 1:7
Date: 20 July 2010
Written by: Conrade Yap
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Prov 1:7)
I have always been fascinated with what the ‘fear of the LORD’ means. Is it a case of a person getting scared or afraid of a higher being? Is it a divine phobia? Generally, fear comes with a negative connotation.
Let me suggest that fear of the LORD is not a negativistic stance as far as the believer is concerned. In fact, when we read the ‘fear of the LORD’ in this verse, do not forget to read the part about the fool. Reading the whole verse will give us a better insight, that the fear of the LORD will keep us from walking down the paths of fools, which leads to damnation.
The ‘fear of the LORD’ should instead inculcate in us a humility and honesty about our own abilities. Bible teacher, Huang Sabin puts it very well.
“The fear of the LORD is a total preoccupation with what God thinks of you.” (Huang Sabin)
I could not have put it any better. Fools tend to be preoccupied with self. Wise people will be pre-occupied with what it takes to please God in heaven.
Thought: “Where there is fear of God to keep the house, the enemy can find no way to enter. “ (Francis of Assisi)
Time to Reflect: What is your greatest fear? Do you fear God more or do you fear humans more?
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