Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Isaiah 33:6 “He will be the stability of your time, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge…”
When I began today’s devotion I was caught off guard by how many times knowledge and fear were used together in the Bible. The verses I chose make it clear how related the two are. Initially, I was confused. How does fearing God strengthen my knowledge of Him?
Fearing the Lord has always been a fleeting thought for me. Why should I fear this oh so loving and kind God? I have read and learned about the Old Testament and Revelation “God.” The one that judges and strikes down from heaven, but I learned recently that, that is just one component of fear. More often than not, the Bible is NOT referring to that kind of fear. There is a different meaning for fear and it is imperative that we know it.
I reached out to a pastor friend of mine for some advice on “fearing the Lord” and how it relates to knowledge. Here are some of his thoughts:
“The foundation of knowledge is to fear the Lord – to honor and respect God, to live in awe of His power, and to obey His Word.
Fearing the Lord (having respect and reverence for God) is to recognize the Sovereign Power of Almighty God. God is holy, righteous, almighty, pure, all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-wise.
When we have respect and reverence (fear) for God we are able to see ourselves more clearly – the sinner and broken folks that we are – weak and in need of God’s Grace.
Our trust and faith in Jesus Christ will grow as we continue to fear Him.”
You may have already understood this concept, but I did not. I did not see the connection between fear and knowledge. I was never able to grasp why I should be afraid of God in order to gain knowledge. Now I know, that it is not the scared or afraid kind of fear, but fearing how great and awesome our Lord is. He is beyond all understanding. Once we recognize how powerful He really is, then we can begin to learn about His grace and love in a more meaningful way. We can put our lives into perspective and really live like disciples and learn like disciples.
Proverbs 2:5-6 “Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
I was not expecting to write so much about fear. I was expecting to write all about books and reading and listening and on and on. Good thing God took over. He wants us to respect Him in a way that we have never done before. He wants us to learn in a way we have never learned before. He wants us to seek Him like never before. Respect how great He is and then let His knowledge and wisdom fill you up.
Prayer: God, you are the most powerful. You are holy and righteous. You deserve the deepest respect and honor. I pray that I will live in awe of you. I pray that every time I wake up you would remind me of your grace and fill me with your knowledge. Thank you for saving me. Thank you for loving me so well. Amen.