Jun 10 (Daily reading: Proverbs 22-24) We return to the theme of “the fear of the Lord.” “The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, honor, and life” (22:4). Remember, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10; Ps. 111:10). We defined it as “knowing and respecting God, worshipping Him in reverence, and submitting to Him.”
In recent days, we have read other proverbs that dealt with the “fear of the Lord.” It concerns our relationship to God: “One who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, but one who is devious in his ways despises Him” (14:2). True respect for God and His purposes will take away any hypocrisy. Do we want our lives to honor Him or despise Him?
The fear of the Lord is the source of our confidence: “In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, and his children will have refuge” (14:26).
The fear of the Lord is the source of eternal life: “The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, by which one may avoid the snares of death” (14:27). Jesus told the Samaritan woman: “The water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life” (Jn. 4:14).
The fear of the Lord is much more valuable to us than wealth: “Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure, and turmoil with the treasure” (15:16). “Do not weary yourself to gain wealth; stop dwelling on it” (23:4).
Solomon paired humility with the fear of the Lord (22:4). He also wrote: “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD” (3:7). For myself, I want to see things through God’s eyes; I don’t trust mine! For Solomon, it all came down to this: “Live in the fear of the LORD always” (23:17).
– Al Gary