A Life Governed By A Fear Of The Lord

Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”
That verse refers to the need for reverence and respect for the Lord. The writer says that it is, the very beginning of wisdom.
What does the “fear of the Lord” mean? It means a respect for God… a reverence for God. That is missing in society today.
Proverbs 19:23 says, “The fear of the Lord leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied untouched by evil.”
Think about that verse.. “The fear of the Lord leads to life..” A reverence for God leads to a better, healthier life. How so? It leads us to want to live for God. It bothers us when we are tempted to stray.
I like the last few words… “so that one may sleep satisfied… untouched by evil.” The person with a respect for or, fear of the Lord leads a happy, content life. When we go to bed at night, our conscience is clear because we have lived our day with a reverence for God.
Paul “Bear” Bryant was the legendary coach of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. Bryant’s players had a respect for him… even a fear of him. He was their Coach. He was “the Bear.”
If we can have respect for or even a fear of a human being, we most definitely should have it for Jehovah God.
Now, someone may say, “I thought God was a loving God… why should I be afraid of Him?” God is a loving God but God is also a God of wrath. We should live our lives with a reverence for God that guides us in our choices and daily living.

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