The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
Proverbs tells us that the path to wisdom starts with a fear of the Lord. This healthy fear compels us to surrender our life to the Lord. When we surrender to the Lord and ask for forgiveness, He then washes us and we become pure – “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)
The fear of the Lord is about reverence toward God, respect for Him, love and appreciation, holding God and His beloved Son in high esteem. Moses wrote: “What does the Lord require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 10:12)
As we cast our cares upon Him, we can become fearless as David who wrote while his life was being threatened, “I fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” (Psalm 23:4)
Finally, the fear of God results in answered prayer. “He fulfills the desire of all who fear Him.” (Psalm 145:19)
May we grow deeper in wisdom and knowledge of God's Word in the new year ahead.