Meditation Journey Day 19
Today we begin to unpack verse five of Proverbs 2:1-5.
My son, if you receive my words and hide/memorize/treasure up my commandments with you, turning/applying/tuning your inner ear to be attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry/call out for Wisdom/insight/knowledge and raise your voice for (the grace to do His will and get) understanding, if you seek it/her like silver/gold/rubies or precious jewels and search for it/her as for treasures hidden by unbelief, then (and only then) you will understand the fear/awe of the LORD and find the wisdom/knowledge of God.
It tells us the reward for seeking God, as directed by Proverbs 2:1-4, is that you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. Up to this verse we have been handed tools of a process to dig into God’s Word. Now the “more than silver” and “hidden treasures” are uncovered.
The term “Fear of the Lord” is confusing to many because they do not like the idea of fear and God being associated together. In 1 John 4 we read, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” Yet the Bible repeatedly uses the phrase the Fear of the Lord in many positive ways. Read through these verses and notice the many benefits of “Understanding the Fear” of the Lord.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. Psalm 19: 9
Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. Psalm 33:8
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. Psalm 111:10
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth, I hate. Proverbs 8:13
The fear of the Lord prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened. Proverbs 10:27
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death. Proverbs 14: 27
By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4
Given this list alone, understanding the Fear of the Lord seems like a very valuable asset. I can understand why Father God wants us to gain proper fear. So does Godly fear conflict with God’s love? Remember what “understanding” means as you reflect on the phrase “fear of the Lord”. I will explain this more in the next blog entry, but until then, what is the Spirit saying to you through the Word about the Fear of the Lord?
Observation: Understanding the Fear of the Lord is part of the reward for seeking God. The idea of fearing God seems to contradict the idea of loving God.
Interpretation: What is the Fear of the Lord? The Bible associates it with great blessing; therefore does it really conflict with God’s love? The key to understanding the Fear of the Lord … is to get “understanding” right!
Application Prayer: Father God, as we ponder these verses, teach us what it means to Fear the Lord. You say it is an attitude all the world should have in Psalm 33. Father, do I properly “Fear” You? Teach me your ways. I desire to walk in your truth. In Jesus Name, Amen.
What is your take away?
I hope you will pray for me and all the others that are on this journey. You may also want to send me comments, suggestions or questions. I promise I will respond to each inquiry.