The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Okay, so I’m beating this to death, but I feel this phrase, “the fear of the Lord” is very important. At least it is to me and my life.
I previously wrote how this phrase turns up numerous times in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. And I have written how this phrase is misconstrued. Most concepts of “the fear of the Lord” are, a being of human form, floating above in the clouds, looking down, just waiting for us to screw up. But if you read any of my previous posts on this phrase you know that’s not what it’s about.
“The fear of the Lord”, is the fear of a wasted life, a wasted gift from God. It’s the fear of allowing sin and worldly desires to crowd God out of your heart and thus never realize the gift that God has given you. This is why King Solomon writes, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”.
You must realize that your life is a gift from God, realize that each and every one of us has a purpose for that gift. We then want to seek out and understand this purpose. We want to learn what is this purpose and how do we best serve this purpose.
We learn this by gaining knowledge and seeking wisdom. Through this we seek righteousness and open our hearts, cleared from the clutter of sin and worldly desires, and allow God to reside within. Then we begin to see our gift.
The fool is the one who will not seek or acknowledge God or the gift they have been given. They fill their hearts with worldly desires and themselves. And so they do not want to hear the wisdom and instructions given by God through the prophets, King Solomon, King David, Jesus or his apostles. They refuse this knowledge and wisdom. They waste the gift they have been given by the grace of God.
The fear of the Lord is the fear of a life wasted.
Okay, I’m off this subject for now.
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