(Proverbs 9:10-18) – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
The first wise thing we can do is to fear God.
The next wise thing we can do is get to know God (understanding).
That’s how I am learning to understand “fear” as it’s spoken of in Proverbs. The fear of the Lord is a fear that makes you desire to get to know Him.
There’s a reverence, even an intrigue that’s involved. It is to be mesmerized with the Creator.
You have an complex assortment of emotions combining together when referring to this fear.
You know you better not move closer for fear of your life, but you also can’t help but long to be nearer, believing that this Holy One is the One you’ve been searching for.
“He is not tame, but He is good” C.S. Lewis said of Aslan. God is not One to treat lightly, and yet He remains perfectly good.
He is much bigger than we know, and if we don’t start each day with the realization that He is God and we are not, wisdom is impossible.