Proverbs 10 9-10-20

Those who are in Christ Jesus have passed from death to life in Him. Let’s learn all we can about our heavenly Father.

1 A wise son [child] brings joy to his father…
2 …righteousness delivers from [all kinds of] death.

3 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry [esp. spiritually]…
4 …diligent hands bring [spiritual as well as physical] wealth.
17 Whoever heeds discipline [learning the disciplines] shows [others] the way to life…
23 …a person of understanding delights in wisdom.
28 The prospect [end result] of the righteous is joy
31 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom…
32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor [what pleases the LORD]…

The fear that Christians have for their heavenly Father is based upon who He is: Supreme Ruler of the Universe. Upon reading the accounts of those who have spent time in His literal presence (Isaiah 6, Ezekiel 1, Daniel 7-8), I have come to recognize that being in His “physical” presence is terrifying! But, we need not worry; His children are safe with Him. At the same time, we must come to terms with His glory in our lives. Do we want that glory to shine through us? If so, then we must take seriously the fear of the LORD.

By taking seriously the fear of the LORD, we would:

  1. Always fall on our knees (metaphorically if not literally) every morning in repentance, confession, and alignment.
  2. Always consider Him by asking His opinion, which is His will, concerning every matter, even every word we speak–or are about to…
  3. Never think that we have the right to do anything, except, that which is governed by the Holy Spirit and the law of grace.
  4. Always have an attitude of thankfulness for what we have, gratefulness for what He has done, and hopefulness as we look ahead to what the LORD has in store for us.

By taking seriously the fear of the LORD, we:

  1. Live in a constant state of awareness of His presence and, therefore, His scrutiny. Our desire is to please Him in every way (I know there is a tension here; we will talk about that tension another day).
  2. Look for where He may be working and ask to join Him there.
  3. Love everyone-some from a distance that we must keep because of their bad choices, and some close up and personal, but all according to the love that Jesus has for all people. He died for them, you know.

These axioms are all based upon the Word of God, i.e. the Bible. Our heavenly Father has placed literally in our hands His written words to us to make our lives simpler and easier. Do you like simple and easy? I sure do! At the same time, He offers us in the Bible depths of insights of which we can never reach the bottom! Why would we not take advantage of so great a resource?!!!

Let’s read His Word today and listen for Him to speak to us. It really is that simple.

Abba, thank You for Your written Word. You really have made it simple and easy for us. I exult in what I learn about You from You. When I read Psalm 19:7-9, I glory in Your law, statutes, precepts, commands, decrees, and the fear and awe I have of You. I find Your Word perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, firm, and righteous. They refresh my soul, make me wise, give me joy, allow me to see, give me endurance, and make me righteous. You call to me and I answer. You are a good, good Father. May I be just like You. Amen.

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