Humility and fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4
I love that Jesus is my friend.
What a friend we have in Jesus.
I love that I can confess daily to Him, throughout the day – and He covers it and helps me overcome.
All our sins and griefs to bear.
But I often wish I understood more deeply the “fear” of the Lord.
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.
Because He is The King. The Creator.
It seems like the only time I fully understand the “fear of the Lord” (which is the beginning of wisdom – Proverbs 9:10, Psalm 111:10), is when I’m enduring pain or seriously difficult circumstances (like major illnesses or surgeries with my kids) when I remember that the Lord disciplines those He loves (Acts 17:11, Hebrews 12:5-6).
All of that discipline is meant to teach us to trust Him, to turn to Him, and to obey Him.
I often forget, especially when I’m living out my days filled with thankfulness and wonder, that He is to also be feared. When I remember that fact in times of calm, I have trouble reconciling the two ideas in my head and heart. You? In light of the many people suffering this morning in Oklahoma, regardless of their level of faith, I am wondering. I also have been praying for the families and the community – and we lived in Iowa (part of tornado alley) for nearly a decade – we have witnessed the fear of these storms and the destruction that comes with them.
Praying today for comfort for the hurting, and deeper faith and obedience for us all. Dare you to join me in this today. Dare you to join me in fearing the Lord – even though, for me, today, it is a choice. I’m much more afraid of my circumstances sometimes than I am of Him… if that makes sense. And I wonder about that last thought – if I’m irreverent and faithless when I fear my circumstances instead of Him… or if my reaction should be different. I often do have peace and comfort, but is that in absence of fear? I know He never lets go of me, and I am also aware that my fear is frequently sin.
Now I’m wondering if anyone else thinks about these things…
How about you? Do you fear God? How does that show up in your daily walk?
Interested in your thoughts about this part of the journey.
Love to you,