The Fear of the Lord

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).

In Luke 12:4-7, Jesus tells us not to fear those who can kill the body and after that can do no more, but rather fear the One who, after the killing of the body, has the power to throw you into hell. Do you fear not fitting in with people in the world around you more than obeying the Creator of the world? True godly wisdom begins with an initial realization of the deep respect and reverence you should have for the Lord and His commands. In Hebrews 12:14-29, it tells you the reverence and awe you should have in your worship of God, that He is a consuming fire. Our God is the ultimate power and authority in the universe. He is the Creator and Judge of all mankind. Wisdom helps you to see the humility that you should have in the presence of God. “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).

In John 12:47-50, Jesus tells you that whoever rejects His words will be judged by those very words–for His words came from the Father. Jesus gives you many warnings from our heavenly Father that calls you to make wise decisions. We can all remember times when someone in our life warned us, usually our parents, of impending disaster if we carried out some foolish decision in our life. We would many times carry out our decision and find out that the warnings were well founded and we wished we had listened to the advice we were given. Wisdom is the practical ability of making good decisions based on knowledge and understanding. Paul encourages us in 2 Timothy 3:12-17, saying that the Scriptures are able to make us wise for salvation through our faith in Christ.

Galatians 6: 7-8 tells us, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked, a man reaps what he sows“. You are not going to be able to fool God. If you are sowing to your earthly nature from that nature you will reap destruction, but if you are sowing to please the Spirit, from the Spirit you will reap eternal life. If you want the salvation that Jesus holds, you must also submit to His Lordship. You cannot have one without the other. Hebrews 5:8-10 says that Jesus is able to save all that obey Him. In Luke 6:46-49, Jesus warns of the destruction of hypocritical lip service of claiming Him as Lord but not truly obeying Him. Wisdom helps us acknowledge and pursue the truth that Jesus tells us in regard to salvation. In John 8:31-32, Jesus tells us if you hold to His teaching, you are really Hs disciples, then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free! J


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MONDAY: Do you reflect on the awesome power and wisdom that God has? Read Proverbs 8:12-31. List some of the mighty deeds that God did in the creation of the universe.

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TUESDAY: Read Proverbs 1:7How does fearing the Lord lead to wisdom and understanding? How can you despise wisdom and discipline in your life? Read Proverbs 8:13-21List what you are to hate if you fear the Lord as verse 13 talks about. Pray about your attitude toward these things.

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WEDNESDAY: Read Proverbs 2:1-5. Meditate on verses 1-5. Write down all the actions listed in verses 1-4 that help you understand the fear of the Lord. Are you applying these actions and energy to growing in your wisdom in the Lord?

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THURSDAY: Read Proverbs 3:7-12. What does verse 7 imply to you? How does pride hamper you from fearing the Lord and shunning evil? Verse 11 talks of our attitude toward the Lord’s discipline. How do you respond to the Lord’s discipline that comes to you from His word and from His servants?

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FRIDAY: Read Proverbs 23:17-25. Verse 17 talks about not letting your heart envy sinners but to be zealous for the fear of the Lord. List any struggles you have with envying those who are not in the Lord and seem carefree about their lives. Meditate on verse 18. Pray to realize God’s promises in verse 18 in your heart and mind.

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

Use Proverbs 3:11-12 to talk to your children about why you discipline them, because you love them and want them to understand the consequences of disobeying authority.

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