Proverbs in 365 Devotions

January 4

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.


Godly Fear Is A Blessing

Robin Aylor

The word oxymoron comes to mind when I think about how overly wise a fool may think themselves to be. It’s clear they despise even the seeking of wisdom aside from their own musings because they refuse advice and instruction from others even if it is given from personal experience.

They say: I need no correction, rebuke or guidance; I need no mercy; I got this.

Little do they know… no matter how hard they try and no matter how fast they run and no matter what they do… even with all their efforts… they will never see the most important knowledge of the ages from within themselves. They may smell it in the aroma of a flower… Their mouth may water when they see a beautiful sunset… But the taste of wisdom stays hidden from them and they do not savor it’s taste or delights.

They do not fear their Creator so they refuse to take his advice. They do not listen to his words of truth and so… wisdom and knowledge and understanding have been hidden from the foolish from throughout the ages.

A young boy might fear his father who loves him enough to teach him right from wrong. The son knows a belt or paddle or switch is waiting for him if he bullies someone at school or steals from the grocery store. He knows his father disciplines him because he loves him. This same father also worked hard to provide a roof over his son’s head and food for his belly and a good education for him. Now he fears he might bring his father sorrow by living a life of disobedience which would also bring more pain to his own soul than the worst spanking.

We too may fear our Father in heaven when we rebel because he loves us and so disciplines us. But we also fear him in the sense that we are desperate not to betray his love. He has shown us love and we fear lest we take his love for granted. We fear we might be like Solomon and in our old age forsake our fathers teachings as Solomon did his father David when his heart was turned to other gods.

The last verse of 2nd Corinthians 6 says: and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” Then chapter 7 verse one continues: Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

Thank You Lord for the wonderful way we are to fear you… A fear that purifies us and works to transform our character and attributes to conform to your holiness.