Fear The Lord
Posted on May 14, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
“Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise.” (Proverbs 1:23)
One of, if not the most powerful promise in Scripture is God offering Himself to those who will come to Him in faith. It is these He will make wise… the cornerstone of all else He desires to build up in our lives.
Through Wisdom comes the understanding that “God is”. Everything flows from God as ‘Absolute Perfection’; to leave God out of your life… in any way, whether it be in motivation, choices, actions, or responses is to not understand He is the source of your very being and a rejection of Him as God. The consequences of rejecting God’s offer of Himself are jarringly decisive; Wisdom responds, “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered.” Since you do not choose to heed all God has revealed to you, most specifically now through His only begotten Son, “When calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you. When you cry for help, there will be no answer. Though you anxiously search for Me, you will not find Me. For you hated knowledge and chose not to ‘fear the Lord’. You rejected My advice and paid no attention when I corrected you. Therefore, you must eat the bitter fruit of living your own way, choking on your own schemes. For simpletons turn away from Me… to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.” Ouch! (Proverbs 1:24-25, 27-32)
To understand that having one thought, one motivation, one action, or one response that is not consumed with the wisdom of God and a desire to exalt His name is the ‘fear of the Lord’. David expresses this fear when he cries out, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. DO NOT banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalms 51:10-11)
The fear of the Lord is to understand that anything without God is despair. And it is to be assured that “all who listen to God will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” (Proverbs 1:33)
You can have joy, you can have peace, and you can know contented rest; in spite of the raging storm that threatens to engulf you… when you ‘come to God through His Son Jesus, and listen to His counsel. He will share His heart with you and make you wise.” (Proverbs 1:23)
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Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, grandfather, Pastor with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is the Associate Pastor of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church.
Think About This: “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” – Billy Graham
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [i]mammon.” –Matthew 6:24
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