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10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov 9:10 NIV)
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Col. 3:23-24 NIV)
10 Receive my instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, 11 For skillful and godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. [Job 28:15; Ps. 19:10; 119:127.] Prov. 8:10-11 (Amplified)
So often we live our lives for others. We desire to please them. We seek their approval. We want to be affirmed in who we are and what we are doing.
It seems God did create us with this desire for approval. We want to be loved not hated, accepted not rejected, affirmed and not condemned. Not only do we desire this, we seek it because the need comes from deep within. But this need will never be fulfilled for us completely by another human being. We cannot do this perfectly for those we love and no one can do it perfectly for us. This is because God created us to have these needs which could be fulfilled perfectly only by Him. We need Him. That’s all there is to it.
This is one of the reasons why God tells us we are to fear Him and that this fear of the Lord is the beginning of true Wisdom ~ His Wisdom. (True Wisdom is from God alone; there is nothing more valuable than this. Those who have nuggets of God’s wisdom, have jewels of the most supreme worthy ~ fragments of the only wealth which is lasting.)
Fear of the Lord is a concept foreign to many of us. This does not mean God wants us to be “afraid” of Him. Consider for a moment what causes you to act or not act in different circumstances. What is the motivator? Frequently it is fear or worry that someone won’t respond well (in the manner we think we want or need) if we don’t do something/say something a particular way. In essence, we have a “fear” of this person, group or organization’s disapproval. To the extent this is true, we will put trying to do things in a way that pleases this person or entity ahead of working to obey (and thus please) God.
Thus to fear the Lord, is to want to obey and please Him above all else and regardless of potential personal consequences. There is freedom from the expectation and condemning eyes of others when we focus purely on obeying and pleasing God. Rejection, condemnation, criticism, envy, back-biting, etc of others no longer holds us captive when our focus is on fear of our Lord. What others say about us simply doesn’t matter because we are living in sweet fellowship (partnership) with God, walking out our role in His purposes. We seek His approval alone, resting in the fact that He will always love us infinitely. And when we make mistakes (which we will), He forgives us and forgets as soon as we come to Him and ask.
Fear of the Lord is an expression of our trust in Him as God. If He is God, then He is superior to every individual in humankind. Every individual is fallible; He is perfect. Fearing Him (respecting Him – His Word, His promises, His plan and instructions) above anyone else’s is an integral expression of authentic faith!
This is the reason why God tells us the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom. It is foundational to everything else in relationship with God. Fear doing things in a way that pleases Him (and He is not hard to please) above all else and receive His peace and joy!
20 From where does Wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding? 21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living, and knowledge of it is withheld from the birds of the heavens. 22 Abaddon (the place of destruction) and Death say, We have [only] heard the report of it with our ears. 23 God understands the way [to Wisdom] and He knows the place of it [Wisdom is with God alone]. 24 For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. 25 When He gave to the wind weight or pressure and allotted the waters by measure, 26 when He made a decree for the rain and a way for the lightning of the thunder, 27 Then He saw [Wisdom] and declared it; He established it, yes, and searched it out [for His own use, and He alone possesses it]. 28 But to man He said, Behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord–that is Wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. (Job. 28:20-28 Amplified)
PSALM 61 (Amplified)
1 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I [yes, a rock that is too high for me]. 3 For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, a strong tower against the adversary. 4 I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that.] 5 For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear, revere and honor Your name…..8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever, paying my vows day by day.
Selah! [Pause and calmly think of that!] END
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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
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