Wisdom of Solomon B#1

November 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 1:7a, 29 (AMP)

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]…

…Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD.

Fear is a powerful motivator.

  • Parents intending to change the behaviour of their children many times use it.
  • Teachers use fear in an effort to better the standard of schooling.
  • Fear inhibits the sinful nature and restrains Christians from sin.
  • Fear moves people out of their comfort zone.
  • Fear causes human beings to change their lifestyles.
  • Fear discourages crime,
  • And fear stimulates creativity and increases knowledge.
  • During times of war, financial recession or even global warming, when the fear factor is high, inventions skyrocket and knowledge increases exponentially.

What is true in the natural is true in the spirit (and vice versa).

  • A prerequisite to know and understand God is the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord.
  • The meaning of this word fear in the Hebrew ranges from reverence, awe and piety to abject terror (Deut 2:25; Ps 55:5).
  • It is certainly a fearful thing to fall in the hands of the living God (Heb 10:31), but that is not how God wants His children to know Him.

In the OT this word fear is usually viewed as a positive quality and acknowledges God’s good intentions (Ex 20:20).

The fear of God means you acknowledge God for who He is and at the same time show your own dependence and trust on Him.

According to Scripture the fear of the Lord,

…is produced by God’s Word (Ps 119:38; Prov 2:1-5).

…is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 9:10).

…may be lost by despair of one’s own situation (Job 6:14) or envy of sinners (Prov 23:17).

…gives confidence and hope (Job 6:4; Prov 14:26).

…helps rulers and causes judges to act justly (2Sam 23:3; 2Chron 19:8-9).

…keeps evil away, leads to life and results in good sleep (Prov 19:23).

…with humility leads to riches, honour and life (Prov 22:4).

May we always remember that what we have, we have received from the Father above. (James 1:17)

May we choose to fear the Lord, acknowledge and continually thank Him for His goodness towards us. (Prov 1:29; Acts 12:23)

May we increase in our knowledge and understanding of the Lord as we continue to reverentially and worshipfully fear Him.


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About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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