Proverbs 9 6-9-18

Fearing God is the starting point. Knowing Him is the journey. Wisdom and life are the benefits. Let’s get started!

Proverbs 9:10-11 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

[11] For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.

The fear of the LORD is an enigma; we fear God for what He can do to us, but love Him for what He has done for us and has promised to us. Let’s look:

Luke 8:22-25 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. [23] As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

[24] The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. [25] “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

We are like the disciples in that we fear Him for His mighty power.

Matthew 10:28 (Jesus) “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Jesus tells us to fear God and to take His commands seriously. We don’t get to decide what is important–HE DOES!

At Christ’s resurrection, Jesus met the disciples and told them:

Luke 24:36 …“Peace be with you.”

Matthew 28:10 …“Do not be afraid.”

Paul summarized where we now stand in Christ concerning death:

1 Corinthians 15:55-56 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

[56] The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

[57] But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

[58] Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

We fear, but we don’t fear. We hold God in high regard and respect, yet because of His Son, we are no longer afraid to approach Him. One last verse:

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Keep reading His Word! The more we know Him, the more confidence we have in Him.

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