A negative connotation is usually attached to fear, but there is one fear that is notable, one fear to which each of us should ascribe, one fear that a wise man will nurture and cultivate— that is, the fear of the Lord.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” the wise man said in Proverbs 1:7
I feel pity for those who have such a poor regard for scripture that they fail to read it, to study it, or even to question others about it. My heart goes to those who skip through their days, and who live superficial lives with hardly a thought of God. From them is stolen the joy of the Lord, and snatched away by neglect is a godly fear of the Maker of this world.
We should live in awe of Him, and with a precious fear of God, of His awful greatness, and of His unimaginable holiness. For the fascination with such fear leads us into a pure, tender and exhilarating relationship with God.
In years past, it was not unusual to hear a person referred to as a “God-fearing man.” What an accolade, what a distinction, what a tribute…to be known as men or women who have a fascination with fear–who go through their days with godly fear.
Let us walk carefully today, let us tread softly, let us be fascinated by it, let us spend our time reveling in the beautiful fear of God.
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