THE FEAR OF THE LORD BENEFITS OUR LIVES
Ways of those who Fear the LORD
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge
Ways of the foolish
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
|Proverbs 8:13||The fear of the LORD is to hate evil||Pride and arrogance and the evil way, And the perverted mouth, I hate.|
|Proverbs 9:10||The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.|
|Proverbs 10:27||The fear of the LORD prolongs life,||But the years of the wicked will be shortened.|
|Proverbs14:26||In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.|
|Proverbs 14:27||The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.|
|Proverbs 15:16||Better is a little with the fear of the LORD,||Than great treasure and turmoil with it.|
|Proverbs 15:33||The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor [comes] humility.
|Proverbs 16:6||By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.|
|Proverbs 19:23||The fear of the LORD [leads] to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.|
|Proverbs 22:4|| The reward of humility [and] the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.
|Proverbs 23:17||But [live] in the fear of the LORD always.
||Do not let your heart envy sinners,|
|Proverbs 24:21||My son, fear the LORD and the king;||Do not associate with those who are given to change;
|Proverbs 29:25||But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.||The fear of man brings a snare,|
A good sleep. Extra long life. Riches. Wisdom. Confidence. Do these things sound good to you?! Of course. Solomon says they only come from the fear of the Lord. Why is it today, then, that many assert a secular lifestyle is better? Why is it that the fear of the Lord brings so much goodness?
When a people fear God, they listen to what He says. When they listen to what God says, their minds and decisions are influenced by God's own judgment. Maybe we could compare this to having a market insider giving tips to the best investment. Because an insider knows what is going on behind the scenes, his perspective has advantages over others who depend solely on the charts. He knows, for example, that a company is coming out with a new product or is going to be sold. God is the designer of our lives and wants to bring His insight into our lives. We have abandoned our Creator but if we allow, He is gracious enough to welcome us back and give us this inside 'advice' for our daily lives.
A Big Difference
An airport worker was not very attentive to the rules and as a result got too close to a plane's propellor. He was hacked to death. Greater fear of the consequences of breaking these rules would have led to more caution. This fear would have preserved his life so that he could do what he was supposed to do. Now he is gone. His colleagues' 'fear' for the power of the rules is now heightened and gives them that necessary caution to benefit their lives. It is a shame that a man's life had to be taken because of carelessness.
Our fear is of the Lord Himself and not His laws. Once we step away from the fear of Him, then the Laws become important because of tradition. The Pharisees and Sadducees had this very problem. They got around 'breaking' the Law by careful arguments and procedures. However, if we obey because He is the keeper of the Laws, then we need to be much more careful. He knows when our hearts are not cheerfully doing His laws and cutting corners. Fearing the LORD Himself holds us personally accountable. We see this in the Psalmist's words.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
We have many people that state the cultivation of fear is wrong or even harmful. We will discuss this soon. But first, we need to address how the fear of the LORD benefits a society. (Next page)
Fear God and Fear not Man
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