The Fear of the Lord

Proverbs 9:10 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.In 2 Samuel 23:3, David demonstrates the most essential quality of leadership: reverance for an authority greater than him.Throughout David’s rule, he exemlified the model of a great leader. Why? Because he had the fear of the Lord.A lot of Christians (and nonChristians alike) mistake the fear of the Lord to mean cowering in fear, absent of courage, timid and terrified. But when we talk about fearing God, we’re not talking about that wrong kind of fear. We’re talking about the reverential fear that causes us to bow in His presence, and even to prostrate ourselves, before Him and say, “My God, there is none like You; whom shall I fear? If you are for me, what can man do to me?”

Proverbs 9:10 says that the first step to wisdom is the fear of hte Lord. I’ve had problems with really understanding this before, and I’ve often interchanged the word ‘fear’ for the word ‘love.’

Truly, in this context, ‘fear’ is a verb which means ‘to surrender,’ to submit to and to serve.

Like a wolf rolling over on his back to expose his belly in surredner to the one he recognizes as alpha male, we must choose to be powerless, laying down all our defenses.

When we look at it from this lens, the Proverb now reads “surrendering yourself and rendering yourself powerless and prostrate before the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

And it’s true; we begin our walk of faith by surrendering our doubts, and we come into the Kingdom when we die to ourselves, surrending our bodies and spirit and plans for our lives to Him, and letting Him put us to death with Christ so we can be raised up with Christ.

The journey of wisdom begins with fear–an action, not a feeling. It’s the conscious decision to go low when God or other people raise you up. It’s the core value of this great and wonderful World we’ve been translated into by Jesus. Just look at the illustration of His life–He had everything, but He chose to go low and live poor for our sakes. Then, when it was His time of promotion back into the Kingdom as King of Heaven, He went even lower and died for us.

If you want to be promoted, give someone else more attention than you. If you want healing, pray for someone else to be healed. If you’re hungry, feed someone. If you need a friend, be one. If you’re hurting for finances, give some until it hurts some more.

Go low.


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