WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 1:7 ESV
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Matthew 10:28 ESV
OPTIMAL LIFE CHOICES: FEAR THE LORD
D.L. Moody was a passionate preacher who boldly proclaimed the gospel. People often heckled him. In one meeting an usher handed Moody a note while he was preaching. Thinking it was an announcement, he quieted the crowd and prepared to read it. Known for his quick wit, Moody looked up and said, “I’ve just been handed a letter which contains the single word – ‘FOOL!’ This is most unusual. I’ve often heard of those who have written letters and forgotten to sign their names, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard of anyone who signed his name and then forgot to write the letter!” Taking advantage of this teachable moment, Moody changed his sermon text on the spot to Psalm 14:1: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God!’”
The opposite of being wise is being a fool. Daniel reminded us Sunday that the bible teaches fearing God is the beginning of wisdom and rejecting God is one of the most foolish choices we will ever make. Jesus reaffirmed this Old Testament concept when He reminded us of the importance of fearing God in the light of the potential of going to hell in Matthew 10:28. Biblical fear of God includes a reverential awe of who God is. That awe is synonymous to worshipping Him. But biblical fear of God also involves a respect for His holiness and our inability to be in his presence in our sinful state.
So wisdom starts with an understanding and worship of God’s character and nature. We can’t know God’s character and nature if we don’t study who He is. Isaiah 6:1-6 describes the prophet Isaiah’s encounter with God. Take a few moments and read those verses. What does that passage reveal about God, humanity, judgment and grace? Do you think you have a healthy biblical fear of God? Do your life choices reflect a healthy fear of the Lord?