Proverbs 9:10 iterates that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. When the Bible talks about fear in regards to God, many explain it as reverence or awe. In the first five books of the Bible, known as the books of the Law, fear of God is referenced over 25 times. In fact, Leviticus lists the laws given to us by God, and several verses tell us to fear God. Deuteronomy 6:13 says, “Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.”
Fear conjures up images of terror and being frightened. In today’s world there are many things and people to be afraid of, especially for Christians. With television shows and even the news discussing this new phenomenon of the Dark Web, insights reveal that troubled and ill-intended groups use this to recruit and spew their views and ideas of hatred and violence.
The Bible acknowledges our fears in verses such as 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control” and in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage (fear not) I have overcome the world” and in Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?”
The answers to these questions remain in the rest of the Proverb, with the call to wisdom. Wisdom defeats fear and keeps us going on the right path following God. Proverbs 9:10 tells us that knowledge of the Holy One (God) is understanding. With fear aside and leaning on the knowledge of the Lord, we can overcome and extend life (Proverbs 10:27).
So join me in gaining wisdom through God’s Word and its application.