Proverbs 1: 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge...................................
Admit it or not, each and every one of us feels fear once in a while and it is not a good feeling.
Oxford American Dictionary defines fear as an unpleasant emotion caused by nearness of danger or expectation of pain. Fear defines also as the reverence or awe felt for God.
When I think about it, it comes into to my mind that there are a lot of things that I fear in my life. Not that I am having that feeling all the time, but when I am encountering what I am fearing of.
It can be:
- drowning coz I couldn't swim
- heights – I get dizzy just looking down from high places
- being apart from God
- thieves or drunk people
- animals that bit, bite and kick like snakes, dogs, horses
When I was a child, I didn't learn how to swim. One day we visited a relative and we rode a passenger boat. Suddenly the motorboat stopped. Problems with the machine. And I remember, I was so afraid that the boat will turn around because I couldn't swim. Luckily, it went well with us.
But, I always have that uneasy feeling when I am riding a boat especially when the water gets rough.
I grow up in the Philippines and although it is a beautiful country, one can encounter both thieves and drunk people anywhere. And I know that these people can do such a terrible thing. So everytime I am on vacation in my homecaountry, there is always that uneasy feeling inside me. Fear!
And being apart from God is the worse thing that can ever happen to me, because I know that because of him I live and having this kind of life that I have now. Saved and forgiven.
Maybe those that loves animals will not like that I am scared of them, but I can't help it. I just don't feel secured in their company.
Proverbs say that we have to fear the Lord, coz it is the beginning of knowledge. Then I asked. But how should I fear you Lord? Must I have that uneasy feelings always all the time?
Then I examined myself.... I am afraid of God? Do I have that uneasy feeling when I feel His presence or when I read His words? Of course the answer is no. It is the opposite. To be in God's presence is the safest place I could ever be. Then what kind of fear is it?
It said in another definition that fear can be reverence or awe felt for God.
Awe means respect combined with fear or wonder and reverence is to honor as sacred. And that is the kind of fear that I must have for God. And I believe that is for everybody. God really deserved to be respected and honored after all. And to think how wise we can be.....
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledege......
and the opposite........but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Job 28:28 And he said to man, " The fear of the Lord-- that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding".
"Thought for the day"