The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Do you ever have trouble waking up in the morning, and you’re just not motivated to do anything for the rest of the day? Maybe that was you this morning….maybe thats you every morning! When this happens, you have two choices, you can be lazy for the rest of the day or you can grab on tight to the tiniest vision of motivation and get moving! What is that motivation that gets you moving? Is it the fear of showing up late to work and getting fired? Is it the fear that if you don’t get some cleaning done in your house, no one will? Or, is it the fear of the Lord that gets you going? It should be.
So many times we are asked to define what that brilliant phrase really means. We say things like, “I don’t think its actually fearing God, God doesn’t want us to fear Him.” Or, “It’s about showing reverence and awe of Christ and what He did for us.” On a good day, you’re right, I’d be singing songs of reverence and awe to Christ all day long! But, its the fear of the consequences of not doing my job as a follower of Christ thats going to shoot me out of bed like a rocket on a bad day.
As followers of Christ, I don’t think we take our jobs seriously enough. We need to think of God “Bigger,” and therefore our role in serving Him should increase as well. The two are directly proportional, the bigger and more powerful we see our God, the more we are willing to lay down our lives as service to Him because we can see the bigger picture. The bigger we see our God, the more bold we become in our prayers because we know our God can move mountains with a simple whisper. The bigger we see our God, the more we fear Him, the more we understand Him, and the more blessings He will shower over us.
We have such a short time on this earth. We need to be reevaluating our faith every moment of every day. We are held accountable to every moment. There are no gray areas, no fence sitters. You are either “all in” as a servant of Christ or you are not a servant of Christ at all. “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:14) If we don’t take our faith seriously, why should God take us seriously on judgement day. The fear of not making the cut should scare us into spending every moment diligently seeking that narrow path to life and the most wonderful part is that no matter how far gone you are God is still calling out YOUR name to come back home. It only takes one prayer to get back on that narrow path. I pray that you find it.
The fear of the Lord really is the beginning of wisdom. Today, dig into your word and discover how “Big” God really is. Actively think of Him bigger, pray bigger and ask God to reveal Himself to you.